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Motelmat
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello to all of you again.  It is Saturday morning, Feb 10th and I had the Da Vinci done on Thursday morning Feb 8th and things are going well.  For those of you who are about to have it done, my experience is very good.  I am up and around and walking well, taking 1/2 a pain pill every 2 to 3 hours and feeling good. 
 
There is always some good in evrything and while I am already anxious for this catheter to come out at least I do not have to get up 3 or 4 times a night to go to the bathroom, I just lay there asleep and let it  flow.
 
The pain was not bad and probably the worst thing were the potholes in the road on the ride home, about a 2 hour ride from San Francisco.  They gave me 2 bags, a small day bag and a larger night bag and the info I got from this web site about putting the night bag in a small waste paper basket (I think that was from Swimon, thanks) worked great.  I go back in next Friday Feb 16th to have the catheter taken out.
 
To sum it up, it was not as bad as I anticipated and while I don't like the catheter, I can live with it for 7 or 8 days and I think I made the right decision on having it taken out rather than do the seeds or radiation.  It is nice to know that the cancer is out of the body and the chances of any thing coming back is slim.
 
The surgeon said the cnacer was all confined to the prostate and they were able to save the nerves and there were no problems.  They are starting me on Cialis this Friday when the catheter comes out so I stil lhave to go through that and the incontinence, but thanks to this website I have been doing the Kegals and I am sure I will work through that.
 
I am optomistic the next week will see constant improvement and I am taking it slow and easy to make sure I do not over do things and have a set back.
 
Good luck to those of you about to have the operation done and I hope you come through it as well as I have done so far.
 
Motelmat

PSA 6.6, , Had biopsies On October 26, 06 with 5 positive and less than 30% cancer in any of them. Gleason 3+3


kziz
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear all went well. We have an appointment to meet with da Vinci dr in 2 weeks. Please keep us posted and keep having a good recovery!
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Looking for Surgeon with lots of da Vinci experience
Live in OK, willing to travel


lawink
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Way to go Motelmat! Glad to hear from you and that you are doing so well. Please update us as you continue to recover.
;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (60) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.  Follow up PSA results and pathology results received Nov 14th are NO MORE CANCER!  Gleason changed to a 3 + 4; cancer completely confined to prostate; (even a second more agressive, previously undetected cancer)      PSA UNDETECTABLE.   Next PSA check Feb 27, 2007.
 
Bob also takes Hydroxyurea to control Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) has secondary condition . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience or knowledge of these, please post us.


StrictlyInc
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Way to go! Just kick back and heal!
____________________
 
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)
 


lifeguyd
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank You for your post. It is good to hear that your surgery went well. It appears that you and I both live in northern California. Look out your window and enjoy the rain today. In fact look out your window and enjoy life today. This forum will be very helpful to you in the next few weeks as you experience all the adventures of healing.

Best to You

Da Vinci surgery 1/16/07

 

History

11/05 psa 2.9

6/06   psa 5.8

7/06   psa 6.7

 

biopsy 10/16/06

gleason 4+4=8

grade T2A

 

scans and post op confirm biopsy results

scans and post op pathology show clear for spread

 

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biker90
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Motelmat,

Welcome to the other side. Its nice to know that cancerous blob is out of your body where it can't start any more trouble.

Take it easy until the catheter comes out...

Jim
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."


Motelmat
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Lifeguyd,

Where are you having your surgery done, my surgeon at the SF VA also does them at Mt Zion in SF and I would really reccommend him, Dr. Christopher Kane and he has done over 200 of the Da Vincis and instructs the docs at the SF UC Med center on how to do them.

Good luck, we live in Discovery Bay, about 20 miles west of Stockton on the delta


PSA 6.6, , Had biopsies On October 26, 06 with 5 positive and less than 30% cancer in any of them. Gleason 3+3


parson
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   Posted 2/10/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Motelmat: Your experience is good too hear and thanks. I go for robotic on March 12th and really would lie to get it over with ASAP. No patience. I would be pleased if my time is as good as yours. I will be on this other coast (East ) at Hopkins in Baltimore and will keep all advised. Hope your recovery goes easily and speddily. Barrister

Age 64, PSA 3.4,increased from 2.5 over 14 months,  3 of 12 cores positive 12/14/06,gleason 3+3=6
CT of ab,chest and pelvis and Bone scan all negative 1/8/07, staging prior to surgery T1c, Robotic scheduled at Hopkins 3/12/07.


Swimom
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   Posted 2/10/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Be well Motel...glad to have you back.

swim

bluebird
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   Posted 2/10/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~ MotelMat,

 

Welcome Home…..  You are doing Great!!!!!  yeah

 

Thank you for the quick update!!!!  The quote below will truly lend to a speedy, healthy recovery ~ so stay true to every word………..   (Optimistic, Improvement, Slow & Easy, Not Over Do It)…. Powerful Positive Words…….

 

Hugs and Special Prayers for you.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

Partial Quote……

I am optomistic the next week will see constant improvement and I am taking it slow and easy to make sure I do not over do things and have a set back.


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


creed_three
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   Posted 2/10/2007 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Motelmat,
 
This is such great news to wakeup to on a Sunday morning! We are so glad to hear of your speedy recovery from the initial surgery, and for your good news. We will be thinking of you over the next weeks and hoping the home recovery goes as well. Hope you gets lots of rest, and yes, take it easy no matter how good you feel! Time to let others take over for a while,  and rest up, heal and recover well now that it is over! We share your relief and good news with gladness.
 
kind regards, Lana & CJ (Australia) :-)

Creed_three
Husband diagnosed 8/12/06 on his 49th birthday. 1 (5%) core of 12 positive. Gleeson 4 + 3 = 7 according to biopsy. Routine PSA (Nov 06) 3.5. Awaiting RP (open) scheduled 17th April 07. No family Hx.
* Brother (55 yrs) tested recently for first time.  PSA 4.0 (Jan 07), no biopsy, wait for 6 month repeat PSA (different Drs).
"I promise to love, honour, cherish and never take you for granted"
 (from our wedding vows) Together 10 years.


norskie
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   Posted 2/10/2007 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Good job Motelrat, the hard part is over now just work on your patienace and rest and give yourself time to heal. The time does fly by and you will be over it before you know it. Keep us posted.

norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 some agressive 5 cells found
De Vincie surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07
Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07 


1588ap
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   Posted 2/10/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
glad to hear its only the potholes--glad to hear all is well-didn't know about the bag in waste can--can you turn on side or have to stay on back?
look forward to hearing about your porogress-thanks
Age 47 excellent health
First PSA test ever 12/06 was 17.2
Biopsy - Gleason 3+4=7 involving all core biopsies 80% on right and 30% left
Scheduled for DaVinci 2/28/07 near NYC


jetguy
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   Posted 2/11/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations to you Mat - glad you're successfully on the other side.

Bill
Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health.  Married 37 years.  To same woman!


lawink
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   Posted 2/11/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
1588 I'm thinking that was a question about laying on side with catheter bag in the container beside the bed. Bob was able to lay on his side, facing the side the bag is resting. Good luck.
Bob (60) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.  Follow up PSA results and pathology results received Nov 14th are NO MORE CANCER!  Gleason changed to a 3 + 4; cancer completely confined to prostate; (even a second more agressive, previously undetected cancer)      PSA UNDETECTABLE.   Next PSA check Feb 27, 2007.
 
Bob also takes Hydroxyurea to control Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) has secondary condition . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience or knowledge of these, please post us.


tossit
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   Posted 2/11/2007 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Motelmat,
 
Thanks for your post.  I loved the comment about the potholes.  That was my exact experience.  I think we must have hit everyone of them on the way home!
 
I'm glad you are doing well.  I had the same surgery, the daVinci robot and it went very well.  Let us know how the Cialis works for you.  I'm still trying to figure out what is the best for me.  It isn't the drugs but I'm trying the injections and going to try the vacuum I think.
 
Hang in there...the cancer is GONE and that is the BEST feeling ever!
 
John
Prostate cancer diagnosed in April, 2006 at age 50
Prostatectomy:  June 2, 2006
Method:  daVinci Robotic Retropubic Prostatectomy
PSA prior to prostatectomy:  8.66
Gleason score:  3+3=6
Cancer in biopsy:  3 of 12 samples
Leakage:  a little for the first month or so
Pads used in total:  4
Medications tried:
Cialis...that was awful for me...a two-day headache and terrible leg aches for 2 days
Levitra...a headache and flushed face
Neither produced any erection at all
Injections...my urologist mixed 3 meds, kind of like Caverject.  That worked and gave me good erections but they were painful, ached for a few hours.  The injection wasn't bad at all but the erection was painful.
Vacuum Erection Device...called the urologist today to see if he would perscribe a VED and he said he would...hope this produces good results.
But the BEST part is that I have no cancer...2 followup PSA tests...0.01 and 0.00
 
 
 
 


M. Kat
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   Posted 2/12/2007 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
motelmat, glad to hear that all went well, you are feeling good, and are on the road to recovery. rest and take it easy. the week will fly by and soon the catheter will be gone, too. take care, kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06


Motelmat
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   Posted 2/12/2007 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   

To 1588

You asked about laying on my side, yes the catheter tube is long enough for me to lay on either side or on my back. since I normally sleep on my right side and on the left side of the bed (looking from the foot of the bed, on the right side looking from the head of the bed) Ijust set thewaste paper basket on the floor with the night bag init.  The first night at home, I had so much fluid in me that I woke up at about 4:30 AM and I reached over and lifted the bag to check to see how full it was and it was almost full so I got up and    emptied it, but since then I have been able to sleep all night without filling it up.

I was up all day today, Monday, working in my home office at my computer and making phone calls and I took a very slow 15 minute walk.  When I got back my right testicle was very sore so I took a couple of pain pills this evening and have been taking it easy and it seems to be okay now.  If I am okay tomorrow I will walk a little farther, but will watch it to make sure I am not over doing it.  I think for only being out of the hospital 3 days I am doing fine.

The only sore spot is along my stomach, it looks like one of the incisions was at my navel and the others were in that same area.  I do not have any stiches or staples, just the sterry strips so that makes it easier.

Mat

 

 


PSA 6.6, , Had biopsies On October 26, 06 with 5 positive and less than 30% cancer in any of them. Gleason 3+3


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/13/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Way to go Matt! You are one of us now! The brotherhood of the otherside! God bless you and your family. Thank God for the skill of your surgin and Robbie the Robot!
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.  


Motelmat
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   Posted 2/13/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello again,

got a question, I have had very little pain n the past 3 days sinc eleaving the hospital last Friday, but yesterday I did a very slow walk arund my neighborhood and then had a lot of pain in my right testicle.  I took some pain pills yesterday evening and the pain went away overnight and it is back again this morning.  My right testicle is black & blue and still hurts, I have not had on any underwear since the surgery and when I did my short walk I put on some loose jockeys and I wondered if they were too tight and that caused it and I had them on for awhile this morning (took them off when I thought they might have cuased the pain) and maybe that started the pain up again.  

Other than the walking I have just been sitting in my home office on the computer and the phone so I thouhgt I was not putting any strain on things.

Have any of the rest of you experienced anythnig like this?  I dont like being on the pain pills and thought after yesterday morning I was gong to be off them until this hit.

I go in Friday morning to get the catheter out and I dont want anything to delay that wonderful moment.

Thanks,

Mat


PSA 6.6, , Had biopsies On October 26, 06 with 5 positive and less than 30% cancer in any of them. Gleason 3+3


norskie
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   Posted 2/13/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that my left testicle was a little tender for a 3 or 4 days and it went a way in time. I mentioned it to my doctor and he wanted me to let him know if it continued but it did let up with-in a week. Hope this helps a little

norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 some agressive 5 cells found
De Vincie surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07
Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07 


USMC Retired
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   Posted 2/13/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I had tenderness and discoloration of the testicles a few days after my surgery. Thankfully my daughter who attended my outbrief from hospital remembered they said if that happened I need support (put the briefs on) so I did that. Next day tenderness gone as well as discoloration! Give that a try.
Mac & Donna
 
Age - 59 (barely)
PSA - 4.4
Oct 3, 2006 -> Biopsy - 3 of 8, Gleason - 3 + 3 = 6
Oct 12, 2006 -> CAT & Bone scan - both clear
MRI - Nov 14
Treatment - Da Vinci (Dec 13 2006)
Returned Home Dec 15, 2006.
Dr said it looks successful, save nerves on both sides.
Dec 21, 2006 -> Cathetor OUT
Jan 22, 2007 -> PSA <.04, margins zero, nodes(11) zero


Motelmat
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   Posted 2/13/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
USMC, thanks, I wil put them back on and try that, it is not getting any better today with them off.

PSA 6.6, , Had biopsies On October 26, 06 with 5 positive and less than 30% cancer in any of them. Gleason 3+3.

Had Da Vinci surgery Feb 8, 2007 at SF VA hospital.  Home 2/9/07, supposed to get Mr. Foley out 2/16/07


bluebird
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   Posted 6/12/2007 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Partial Quote from a posting by Mat *Motelmat

BTW, I have had 2 PSA tests since the opeartion and both are .001.

 

Hi ~ Mat,

It’s been way to long.  yeah I decided to post here on this thread… and add your links below.  It will truly be helpful for Newbie’s.

 

I hope you’ll give us an update on how things have gone for you over the past 3 months…   You can certainly guess what we keyed into on your current thread… Woo~Hoo  tongue  

 

The forum is truly growing rapidly and we need members to pop back now and again to let us know how they are doing!!!  I’m so glad to see you!

Take care ~ and you’ve always been in our thoughts and prayers.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

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bluebird
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   Posted 6/12/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   

  tongue   Yea !  ~  Mat,

 

1st  PSA…   !!!~~~~>>>  Woo~Hoo  <<<~~~~!!!  undetectable

2nd  PSA…   !!!~~~~>>>  Woo~Hoo  <<<~~~~!!!  undetectable

 

Cause  for   celebration!!!!!  Definitely!!!

     What a wonderful day it is ~ each and every-day…. 

          Enjoy it to the fullest. 

 

Yippeeeee!!!!!! From  Lee & Buddy

 

*     *     *     *     *     *

The ultimate “goal”… we all strive for… Thank you for sharing ~ that your goal has been met….

It is very important to “all ”of us!  This is a way of positive feedback…

A way of showing others Hope… and a way of Sharing.  

J  Caring is Sharing ~  Thank You for Sharing  J

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