Sorry you have to be here but this is a great for support and information.
Several of us have had "
open" surgeries and other have had the robotic surgeries. I chose "
open" because I wanted the doc to get up close and personal with my problem without going through any intervening technology. That way he could apply all his experience and skill directly to my problem. My wife and I were very comfortable with my doctor. He was
open and honest about
my prognosis, answered all our questions without talking down to us and explained all our options without downplaying any of them. It worked very well!
I didn't lose enough blood to require a transfusion. I was in the hospital for less that 2 days, had very little pain, had the catheter out after 6 days and could hold my pee as soon as the catheter was removed. I went back to work teaching math part-time in less than 4 weeks. This has been my experience and I'm sure that others will share theirs.
Once you make your decision on a treatment option, don't look back. On the day my wife and I decided on RRP all the fear and doubt vanished. We concentrated on building and maintaining a positive attitude. That is all we can take with us into the OR.
Good luck and all our prayers and hopes are with you...
Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04. Next PSA on 4/4/07.
"Patience is a virtue - especially when dealing with the effects of PCa."