Successful Surgery

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 6/17/2007 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
On April 16th I had robotic surgery to remove my prostate at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  Dr. Mani Menon was the surgeon.  The results of this surgery and follow-up blood tests so far indicate that I am cancer free.  The first week with the catheter in was difficult, but I stayed with my wife in the apartments on the hospital grounds until my catheter was removed.  I wanted to be close by in case any complications developed.  Fortunately none did. During that week I did a lot of walking and felt better and was able to do more every day.
 I wore the pads for 2 - 3 weeks, and did the kegel exercises as prescribed.  I stopped using the pads as leakage became minimal - only a few drops here and there when laughing, coughing, sneezing or passing gas.  Today, two months later, I am almost completely continent and making progress with erectile function issues.  I take cialis every day and self-inject another medication,  V#4 (PAP/PHEN), twice a week.  So far this has resulted in some sustained enlargement, but no sustainable erections.  I'm confident I will continue to make progress. 
Even though there are many outstanding hospitals and excellent doctors in my home state of Massachusetts, I am extremely glad that I chose Dr. Menon.  In my opinion, he lived up to his outstanding reputation and has almost a spiritual quality about him that is difficult to describe.  For those who are anticipating surgery, after having done considerable research, I strongly believe that robotic surgery is superior to traditional open surgery.  The care that I received from the entire staff was outstanding at Henry Ford. 
I was extremely anxious before surgery, especially regarding general anesthesia.  I am saying this because I want to encourage those of you who feel the same way.  I got through it, and so will you. 
God Bless,
Combined Gleason Score: 7
Primary Gleason Grade: 3
Secondary Gleason Grade: 4

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 6/17/2007 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Modog,

Thank you for sharing the story of your procedure with us. It helps to hear what others have experienced, and how they are healing. I hope you will continue to post updates so that others who have yet to undergo their procedures can benefit from your experience. Good luck, and I hope you continue to have a smooth recover.

Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 133
   Posted 6/17/2007 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Modog,
Glad to hear that your procedure went so well. I too, believe that it's important to find the right surgeon and facility. Sound like you did your research.

Continued Healing Success,


Age: 54
Diagnosed: 12/03/05
Biopsy:12/15/05---Gleason 10
Surgery: 02/14/06
EBRT: 06/05/06 to 07/25/06
Diagnosis: T3b Seminal Vesicle Invasion
Gleason 9 both lobes
Now on Intermittent Hormone therapy
Current PSA .01
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