post robotic op pain?

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   Posted 1/20/2007 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
hub had robotic radical pros with nodes and all removed, hosp stay 3 him home last nite....LOTS of pain, is this normal for couple of days? Please help-nofamily to turn to thx, mags

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   Posted 1/20/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Mags, sorry to hear about the pain. Everyone has different tolerance levels. My husb. was in tremendous pain for several days following. We had a rough and bouncy five-hour drive home two days after surgery that didn't help matters. Five days post-op, we called the doc and he gave us instructions on pain meds combined with a short-term high-dosage antibiotic.

Husb. had the razor blade feeling for quite a while afterward, even when most of the pain subsided. Your surgeon probably gave a prescription for pain meds? If so, keep your husb. down and asleep if possible and when he's awake, get him up and walking (always follow your surgeon's instructions - each doc varies and he or she knows what's best).

Keep us posted. We're here for you.
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now

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   Posted 1/20/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello bayoub2,

As GreenAcres had mentioned would also apply to my experience as well; I came home after 2 days, and was quite sore. My physician prescribed a pain med for me to use at home. I only took them the first 2-3 days, and then Tylenol there after for the next few days. The surgery is a major shock to the body, and it may take some time for the body to heal. I had lingering discomfort in the surgical area for about a month+. Certainly if the pain does not begin to subside soon call the doctor, and ask his advice. He is there to help you. Good luck with the recovery, and we're here to help in any way we can.

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

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   Posted 1/20/2007 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mags,


Glad to hear back from you….  sorry to hear hubby’s having pain. 


Our belief is you don’t need to be in pain.  You have pain medication for him~ so make sure he takes it on a regular basis for the first few days then “gradually” reduce it to see how he’s doing.  If he’s still in pain….


Once the pain takes over ~ it takes extra time to get it under control so don’t let it have a chance to take over. 


Hopefully he can sleep because this is the best medicine too!!!


With you being familiar with the forum from your own journey… make sure you read as much as possible some of the other members… journeys which will give you a lot of good information on the first few days after surgery…..  there are links on the Helpful Hints Thread.

I’ll be updating it today with new journeys listed.


Take care and hope things ease up soon.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy



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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

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   Posted 1/20/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello bayoub2,

I am sorry to hear of your husband's pain.

For the first few days after my surgery, I was in considerable (not unbearable but unpleasant) discomfort and pain. The worst pain was when I moved, particularly getting in an out of bed but also, to a lesser extent, when standing up and when moving around or walking. That lasted about four days and then got much better. Also, when my bowells "refilled" there was considerable feeling of things churning in my bowells and that was very unpleasant and uncomfortable. That lasted about 6 to 12 hours starting about 48 hours after my surgery. Other than the bowell problem, when I was sitting still I was not in much pain, particularly after the third or fourth day.

I made one mistake which was being reluctant to take the prescription strength pain meds. Take them as directed for the first three or four days. You don't want to let the meds fall behind the pain.

After about four or five days, I personally did not need the prescription meds much any more and switched to tylenol (no aspirin.)

One other quick comment. You mentioned that your husband was in the hospital for three days. That seems to be a bit longer than normal, particularly after the less invasive robotic surgery. Did he have any complications or problems? If yes, that might also be contributing to a bit more pain than is typical.

If your husband is still in significant pain a week after being released from the hospital, I would follow up with your doctor. I don't think that would be normal.

This should get much better very quickly. Good luck.


DIAGNOSIS: 09/25/06. Age 49. PSA 4.6. PSA free 2%. Clinical pathology: Gleason 10. Stage T2a.           
SURGERY: 11/08/06. RP at Johns Hopkins. Surgical pathology Gleason 10. Stage T3a (positive margins.) Negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes, and bone scan.
POST OP: 12/15/06: First post op PSA was 0.00.

Post Edited (BenEcho10) : 1/20/2007 2:02:15 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/20/2007 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Mags, sorry to hear about the pain issues..... I never hesitated to take the prescribed dosage of the pain killer given to me when I left the hospital. I beleive it was percoset. Pain, while it has some value in helping diagnos a problem is harmful to recovery. The only thing about the pain killers was that they left me constipated which was another story altogether. Some amount of discomfort is to be expected after major surgery, but if the pain worsens, or persists for over a week or two after surgery DO NOT hesitate to get in touch with your physician........ Jay
  • 56 year old male, divorced
  • Diagnosed: 10/12/06
  • Two of twelve samples contained malignent cells, Gleasons: 3+3=6, 3+4=7
  • Last PSA as of 11/5/06: 2.3
  • In control, but partially terrified about the future
  • Click (or paste) this link to watch the DaVinci Procedure:
  • Davinci surgery took place on 12/12/06
  • Post-op report shows zero malignancies in surrounding tissue, zero malignancies in lymph nodes and the prostate had one malignancy at 3+3=6.
  • Regained continence 3 days post-surgery.
  • Regained a full erection 8 days post-surgery!! Yippee!!!

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