I sure wish I would have found this board before I was diagnosed with PCa. I was diagnosed in March of 2007 with a PSA of 3.0 and Gleason score of 6. I had robotic surgery on May 21, 2007 at Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL. The surgery was performed by Dr. Rakesh Patel and he was assisted by Dr. Jeffrey Thill, both from Winter Park Urology (ARB, I believe I saw one of our posts here whereby you mentioned you had your surgery done by Dr. Patel too). The surgery went extremely well. No gas, no bloating or bladder spasms. I was released the day following surgery.
I’m six weeks post surgery and five weeks since the catheter was removed. At first I had an incessant dribble whenever I was up and about or out on my walks. However, this has improved to the point to where I can now go out on a 3 or 4 mile walk and have just a slight drip every now and then. I can work in the yard, lift light dumbbells and walk the steps in my house for a set of 50 without any dripping at all. However, I do have a problem with a “squirt” when I stand up after sitting or positioning my body while sitting in my chair at my desk. Sometimes I can catch it, other times, like this morning, it caught me off guard and I leaked. I quit wearing pads last week and the squirt caused a leak in my boxers, although not enough to show thru my pants. I do have a pad with me in case of times like this morning. Has anyone else had these problems with “squirting?” If so, how long did it take for it to cease?
I am very lucky in that I’ve had no problem achieving erections. Sometimes they are “assisted” with Viagra, but last night I awoke with an erection on my own volition which pleased me considerably. On a scale of 1 to 10 I’d say it was an 8. My post op pathology upgraded the Gleason from a 6 to a 7 (3+4), tumor was multifocal, bilateral with the largest measuring 7mm, 15% of the glandular areas were involved by tumor. Negative margins and no involvement with seminal vesicles. I’m still awaiting my first post-op PSA test. Hopefully it’s undetectable.
Glad to make your acquaintances, and see you around!