Beachbum, as usual, you've received some great advice here. I was very fortunate in that I had a very supportive wife, and had my three sisters, mother and father travel 1,000 miles to be here with me for my surgery. We had a big cookout on both Saturday and Sunday before my surgery on Monday and that helped tremendously. Just to give you hope for a successful surgery, I never had any gas pains, bladder spasms or took any pain pills. In fact, my surgeon called me the "poster boy for DaVinci surgery." Stay positive, you're going to be just fine. See you on the other side, brother.
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
Biopsy: Gleason 6, 5 out of 12 core samples positive for cancer with <5% on all 5. Staged at T1c
DaVinci Surgery: May 21, 2007 at Florida Hospital, Orlando. Surgery took 1 hour and 45 minutes. According to my surgeon, prostate peeled away nicely and everything went text book. Nerves spared.
Pathology Report: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), Negative margins, seminal vesicles negative, no capsular penetration, lymph nodes left intact, 15% of prostate involved by cancer.
1st Post-op PSA: <0.01
2nd Post-op PSA: Scheduled September 27, 2007.
Continence: Out of pads 5 weeks post-op. Still have some minor stress incontinence from time to time but it's not an issue.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
Family History: Father diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 at age 67. Prostate removed and has had a <0.1 PSA ever since.