After 7 days since CJ got home (surgery was on 17th April 07), and had the catheter removed, he hasn't used a pad yet, and is fully continent. Anyway, that's probably the only comment I can make on any of that as is still today only 14 days since his surgery. The radical prostatectomy done with the open method, with nerve and lymph sparing, resulted in no swelling of the outer areas or discomfort. grateful for all this. Has anyone else shared this sort of good fortune? Just hard to believe it. Heard of excellent results with the divinci at times also, but has anyone shared this sort of good outcome with the open procedure? May in time look back and see the other past threads. Like I mean NO pads at all> None, not even at the catheter removal. Goinng to toilet more regularly so slightly less flow, but still more than the average actually so his bladder is definitely filling up completely.
We are still very grateful and relieved. It has been a horrific experience overall (emotionally) as you all would know (or many of you would know), but since the surgery, all has been uphill (good for us). This board often contains necessary vital info, but I am looking for anyone who can tell me if this is all good? , and then I wil believe it....!!! We could not be more pleased with the outcome in our case to this stage (day 14).
Thanks for letting me know. Thanks for having us as part of the forum and for the helpful hints also - actually there were none we didn't use, apart from the rubbing CJ's legs, as I had the cream, but he was up and around so quickly, did not use it Mama Bluebird! The chair at home is great. CJ is not having problems sitting, but I have "padded" most surfaces anyway. The other great thing was that in the post op pathology report CJ's score was partially graded down from the biopsy original 4 + 3 = 7, to post op 3 + 4 = 7, and although still a 7 (expected for younger men I understand) is better than a 4 + 3... overall. I read it as such anyway. Do you agree? Just need some confirmation.
Anyway, not much more to say.
To friends, Greenacres congrat's on excellent recent happenings in your health!!! Tanya and Ken - izzyblizzy - at times have wanted to repond to you. Have been following it all, but completely tied up to post anything extra. Hope your recovery is going well. cheers to all however. Glad to be on that other side.
Lana (with CJ )
Husband CJ (49 years) diagnosed Dec 2006. In 1 x (5%) core of 12 samples. Other 11 samples were negative. Gleeson 4 + 3 = 7, revised to
3 + 4 = 7 at post op pathology. PSA 3.5. Open Radical Prostatectomy, with nerve sparing on Tuesday 17th April 2007. No spread outside prostate in any areas, negative margins including apex and bladder base. Seminal vessicles clear. Tumour extent (size) 0.2cm3. No nerve/lymph involvement. No vascular infiltration seen. Catheter out on day 7, and fully continent (immediate and continuing to this time). Not using pads. Next PSA June 07.
Post Edited (creed_three) : 5/21/2007 4:01:13 AM (GMT-6)