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   Posted 4/27/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
What is the average return to work after Da vinci surgery,
My work is heavy industrial
50 years old
gleason 3+4=7 psa5.8 clinical stageT2a
Da vinci surgery April10 2007 Mayo clinic Rochester, Mn.
extraprostatic extension Gleason -same
pelvic lymph nodes -negative
Catheter out April 19

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 4/27/2007 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
If by heavy industrial, you mean a lot of lifting, then your doc will likely say about 6 weeks.

Diagnosed 8/24/06
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
stage T1C
age 48
daVinci on 10/20/06
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 4/27/2007 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   

I went back to work half days just short of 4 weeks after surgery but I have mostly a desk job. I felt fine but got tired easy and it took time for the energy level to come back. It's been 15 weeks now and my energy level is pretty good now.

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
Da Vinci 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
1st Post PSA Blood Test 3-22-07 <.01 Undetectable
2nd Post PSA Blood Test Scheduled for 7/5/07
Incontenence 1 Pad a day
ED back to 90-95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

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