I'm back from the procedure and I am doing well, I think, except for pain. It's bearable. The doctor told my wife that it was a stone at the stricture site and he was not sure how it got there unless it was due to the surgery, which it no doubt was. She said he seemed very happy he did not have to do any cutting, but he was not nearly as glad as I was! Also the doctor said that it was very rare. He may have not even seen it happen before, but he probably would not tell me that. It was not a kidney stone but I suppose it could have come from somewhere else. Anyway, now I am looking forward to gaining continence. I suppose it will be just like starting from day one instead of four months.
It was a little frightening to get out of bed and pee for the first time. I filled the commode with blood and little pieces of flesh. The next time it was not nearly so bloody. Time #3 it was even clearer until the end when very fresh red blood flowed freely. That really scared me. But that seems to have stopped now too.
The doctor said I could start Kegals again but I will wait a couple of days on that.
Thanks for advice and concern, everyone. Also I think I should "repent" regarding negative comments, including those against my doctor. He just happens to be a person who does not communicate very well. Sometimes I think I'm like that, too.
One last thing: I hope all of this has perhaps inspired hope in others who are experiencing continuing incontinence and even ed. I have more hope now in those two areas. I am anticipating getting over this. But if I don't at least the c is gone, and that is the most important issue. Right?
First biopsy 07/05;
Diagnosed: "Suspicious looking cells". Dr. says wait and watch.
Second biopsy: 12/27/06
Diagnosed cancer: 01/24/07
Gleason Grade: 3+3=6
Radical Open Nerve-sparing Prostatetomy: 02-14-07
Cancer confined to prostate
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
First Post-Op PSA on 04-18-07: 0.011