Just a post to say hi and introduce myself.
I am 52 years old. Mixed Hispanic/German Descent.
I live in sunny Southern California with my wife of near 30 years. (wow! How could she put up with me all these years!)
We have three wondeful kids, 13 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren!!!
Now my story,
In Nov of 2006 I had my annual physical. My GP decided it was time to do a prostate screening.
The test came back positive with a PSA reading of 10.2.
She referred me to a Urologist Surgeon. He did another blood work for free and total PSA. That came back with a reading of 10.9. Biopsy recommend.
During the biopsy and ultrasound, it was discovered that I had an unusally large prostate. a normal prostate is the size of a walnut. Mine was about the size of an orange! Now this not an enlarged prostate but large through normal genetic growth. (no BPH). He thought this may be a contributor to my high PSA readings. Such a large prostate producing larger amounts of PSA.
16 samples were taken due to this size issue. The samples we sent to John Hopkins Pathology for final diagnosis. The results were 2 samples Right Mid = HG PIN, 3 samples right apex and left apex were found positve for Adenocarcinoma both Gleason 3+3=6.
All avenues of treatment were presented and discussed. But because of the complications due to the size of the prostate, it was determined that a radical prostatectomy be performed. My doctor specialize in Robotic Assisted Laparoscopy...lucky me eh?
The surgery lasted about five hours..again due to the size issue..it was found that the prostate and nuzzled itself into surrounding muscle on the left side and had to be coaxed out. during the surgery it was determined that only the right side nerve bundle could be saved. Pathology confirmed the Gleason 3+3=6
I spent 24 hrs in the hospital and then I was released ( at my insistance) and allowed to go home to convolesence.
It has now been 4 weeks all incisions are healed. Incontinence remains an issue, though not to the degree as to some posts that I have read, Mainly occurs when walking or long periods of standing (5 mins is a longtime standing!!) sitting and laying down are not issues until I need to stand then I keagle a couple of times before.
I have been lucky as I have not needed to return to work right away!
I am using 2 to 3 pads a day. Doing my keagles 3 times a day 10 reps hold each for 5 secs...I'm really interested in learning about the "Elevator Keagles" that I have been reading about on this forum....anything to hasten the recovery!!
Well thats all for now! All questions and comments are welcome.