11 weeks post-op - NO MORE PADS

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Ripandburn
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 125
   Posted 10/2/2007 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah I just wanted everyone to know that after 11 weeks I have decided to stop using the pads! This is day 4 since removal, and I seem to be continent. 2nd day at work.

I know for some it has been no big deal. For others it has been a continual fight. For me, I can only hope and pray that this part of the process is over.

Thanks for all this group does!
51 years old
T1c 3+3=6
DaVinci July 16, 2007
largest cancer .2mm
Bladder Sling installed during prostate removal
nerve sparing with both nerve bundles intact
all cancer contained within prostate nothing near margins
PSA after 6 weeks <0.1 - undetectable
11 weeks post-op - no more pads


Tamu
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 626
   Posted 10/2/2007 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Ripandburn,

Hey, congratulations!! I also went without pads for the first time at 11 weeks. For some reason about three weeks later I began leaking again but only a small amount. I went back to wearing a pad but one pad would have probably lasted several days if I had not been changing it daily. After about four weeks of that I became totally dry and do not leak at all even when lifting something heavy.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07


JCL
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 10/2/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, RipandBurn. Pad free is a big deal, and cause for celebration. It's a sign that although we've been changed forever, we're now slowly getting back to a more normal life that existed before our world was turned around.
Age: 49
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
PSA: 3.0
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.


M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 10/2/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Rip - great news! it's another stepping stone that you've crossed. don't worry if you have any dribbles - and you probably won't! continue with the great recovery....kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump
8/07 - 1 yr PSA <0.1
9/1/07 - achieved erection with Viagra - no pump!


kdnole
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 10/2/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Rip - Even if you just wear pads 2 days it's 2 days too long. Congrats on losing the pad!
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
T2
Biopsy - 3 of 12 (2@20% / 1@80%
Da Vinci 7/31/07 @ Duke
2.5 hr. surgery, released from Duke with in 14 hrs.
Saved both nerve bundles. 
Foley out 8/10/08
Positive Pathology Report 
Near left side nerve bundle
New Gleason 7
Oncology visit in the near future for radiation
Back to work 3 weeks following surgery - Sales
 
9/13/07 - 1 Post PSA Undetectable less than 0.1 
 
9/17/07 - Pad Free! 


Ripandburn
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 125
   Posted 10/3/2007 3:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, my understanding is that my surgeon has had better luck with less leaking when it is installed during prostate removal. It is a piece of pig intestine that goes around the bladder and urethra and is attached to the pelvis to support the bladder. He has been doing it with all of his patients for the last 8 months or so.

I can say that it took me 11 weeks to be pad free, but I have never had a bad problem with leaking. I have never had more than a drip or a squirt. I guess it has helped.
51 years old
T1c 3+3=6
DaVinci July 16, 2007
largest cancer .2mm
Bladder Sling installed during prostate removal
nerve sparing with both nerve bundles intact
all cancer contained within prostate nothing near margins
PSA after 6 weeks <0.1 - undetectable
11 weeks post-op - no more pads

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