Post-op pain and comfort

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ospc
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/19/2007 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Just got home from my radical prostatectomy.  Seems the surgery went well and the doc is happy.  I'm looking for suggestions about techniques to minimize the various pains I've got.
 
Specifically, any ideas about the soreness from the main incision, or for the pain in the rectum when sitting down?
 
Any good advice on stretching or not to speed up the recovery?
 
 
 
 

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 1/19/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome OSPC! I hope everything went well with your surgery! It's been a while since my RP but as I rememember, pillows, lots of pillows, I sat on a pillow on a recliner, and also put a pillow across my stomac and held it there alot of the time. But you have come to the right place!! There are lots of guys here who have just recently had surgeries and I'm sure they will be answering you soon. Please stick around, this is a great forum!
Your friend, Pete
53 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg.  


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 1/19/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello ospc,

Welcome to the group. The post surgery soreness will subside gradually over the next few days, and may take as long as a week or more. In the mean time get the 2 softest pillows in the house; one to sit on, and the other to grip to your stomach in case you sneeze or cough. I'm sure the doctor already told you not to lift anything heavier that a 1/2 gallon of milk, but it bares repeating. Did your doctor send you home with any pain meds? If so take them as prescribed; you need not be a hero. 

If your doctor recommended getting up to exercise walking is one of the best ways to speed up your recovery. Your body has gone through quite a shock, and will need protein to help heal itself. Good luck, and I wish you a very speedy recovery.

Glen

 


Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
 


bluebird
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   Posted 1/20/2007 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ospc,

I'll be back with a special welcome but for now pop our link below in our signature to see our journey.

Take care and I'll be back!!!!!!

:) Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


Tamu
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   Posted 1/20/2007 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome ospc,

From your post I am guessing that you had the Da Vinci since you mentioned main incision. I had mine back on November 1st and I am probably not a good reference for you as I had little pain with the incision and Tylenol took care of what I had. The only pain I had was when I sneezed and as has already been mentioned grasping a pillow to your abdomen when you sneeze helps a lot. The perineum pain will gradually go away until it is a discomfort over the next week. Im my case the perineum pain became worst on about the third day after surgery and then rapidly got better after that. I know that the more I walked the better the pain would get. Sitting on a pillow helps a lot but also sitting in a recliner and leaning back helps the most. The perineum pain is worse when sitting straight up. Again, Tylenol took care of my pain but I think I was one of the lucky ones and had very little pain. Good luck and let us know how you progress.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07


bluebird
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   Posted 1/31/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   

OSPC   &  Loved Ones,

 

                    A   “Special”  Warm Welcome  to  You!

 

I know we can “all” make Your Journey smoother just by being here for you! 

This is truly a great forum!!! ~ You have joined! You are now part our forum family ~ a group of wonderful individuals who are so willing to share their journey with you! 

 

It helps “all of us” ~ to help you ~ if we know where you are on your path.

So ~ Please stay with us and take our hand when you need it!  Keep posting.... OKAY!!   

We are all here to help you travel the path with prostate cancer. 

 

 

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YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS… YOU HAVE OPTIONS…

~ and ~

Your decision will be the right decision for you!!!

 

 

We invite you to visit our personal thread in the signature area below.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you continue your search for answers…

 

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

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mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


bluebird
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   Posted 1/31/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi OSPC,

 

We hope our posting on 1-20 helped!!!

If you had a chance to visit our personal thread you found out that we also had RRP and used a donut pillow (still do!!).  And taking your medication so the pain wouldn’t get out of control.

 

Our thoughts are with you and hope your recovery is going well…

Please let us know how you are doing!

 

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


StrictlyInc
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   Posted 2/1/2007 12:57 AM (GMT -7)   
When you have pain and the pain is building, take pain medication early rather than later, as sometimes the medication has less effect on the pain after it reaches full tilt.

The first 2 or 3 nights when I was home after my surger, I woke up with some of the most incredible pain I've ever felt. It felt like my abdomen was literally on fire. I think it was a combination of bladder spasms and perhaps some small amount of urine was leaking and running up to my incision area. Other than these instances, my post-op pain wasn't really that bad.
____________________
 
Prostate cancer diagnosed:  May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score:  3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy:  July 25, 2006
size of tumor:  approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score:  3+4=7; negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery:  3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery:  1 to 2
first post-surgery PSA:  0
ongoing post-surgery treatment:  Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily Cialis every other day, ErecAid pump twice daily (when I can manage it)
 

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