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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 10/11/2007 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
We are just 3 days home from the open Radical surgery, I will update later so far everything fine EXCEPT has any one out there heard or knows of penile bruising?  We just called the doc and awaiting a call back.  PLEASE any input?
7/19/07 PSA 8.3
8/16/07 Biopsy
1 of 14 Cores positive 3-5%
Gleason (3+3)=6
Doctor consult 9/18 for our decision on treatment

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 10/11/2007 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Update-Have catheter in until 10/30, mayby whats causing the bruising
7/19/07 PSA 8.3
8/16/07 Biopsy
1 of 14 Cores positive 3-5%
Gleason (3+3)=6
Doctor consult 9/18 for our decision on treatment

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 10/11/2007 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey ~ Cherfd,


Hopefully you’ve received word from your doctor.  I know the testicles/scrotum & surgical site can become bruised and swollen… so we aren’t alarmed that the penis is showing bruising… possible spreading from the other areas.  A lot of work was going on in the vicinity so would expect some… 


Really glad to hear that you placed the call…  you don’t need the extra pressure right now!!

Please make sure you document here on this thread ~ the information you receive from your doctor.  Others will see it and will learn from it. 


Let Mr. Hang do his job… We feel having the catheter in for 17 days is one of the reasons Buddy healed so well.  Again ~ a personal opinion here…  Mr. Hang was our friend!


Keeping you close and hope you’ll continue to stay close!

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 10/11/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry about how it looks.  If you have just had open surgery like I did on 10/4 that isn't the worst looking area that you see in the mirror.  As long as there is no serious pain you're ok and even pain in the lower stomach area is probably just gas.  Keep the area washed off, take any pain pills that the doctor gave you as well as the antibiotics.  Take your temperature at least once a day.  If you have any fever or chills call your doctor.  If you have severe chills and fever get yourself to the hospital.  I had pneumonia for at least a day before I ended up in the ER.  How is your appetite?  My biggest meal so far has been half of a banana, but I'm thinking of trying some soup tonight.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 10/11/2007 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you feel like. I was black and blue all around my groin and hip area. The "boys" were quite swolen. As long as you don't have a lot of pain in the area you should see it start to look normal in a few days.
Good Luck...
    PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
    Gleason 7
    Biopsy - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved.
    All Lab's clear.  No Cancer outside prostate
    Cathiter in for 3 weeks due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00
    Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
    Feb.20th Cystoscope and 2nd Post Op PSA. Another 0.00.....:)
    Dr. said everything looks fine.  Continue to work Kegeal's. Leaking appears to have improved  after Cystoscope?!?!?!  Down to 3-4 pads per day!
    March 1st  Leaking has crept back up to 6 - 8 pads a day ??????? 
    March 8th Started Detrol LA to see if it helps with the leaking?
    March 29th Collagen injection into sphincter / bladder neck area to control excessive leaking.  Worked for a couple of days then back to leaking.
    April 17th (Six Months Post Op) 2nd Collagen Injection to control excessive leaking.  Leaking started back next day at work!
    May 14th Second Opinion about my leaking and Options at OU Medical Center.  After reviewing my records the Dr. feels I will probably need some surgical intervention to stop my leaking.  But did agree to try Bio-Feedback and work hard on the Kegeal's first!
    May 30th Follow up with my Dr. and 3rd Post Op PSA 0.00 agian!!!
    June 1st Start Bio-Feedback to try to control my leaking.

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 176
   Posted 10/11/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I too had bruising. It went mostly away within about 2 weeks or less. Don't be alarmed by it, as I believe it's fairly normal. It was in my post op guide that it would happen.

I had one unpleasant surprise myself...yesterday, 3 weeks post surgery, I had really bloody urine suddenly after everything had been clear since the cath came out. It freaked me out and I called the doc immediately. I thought for sure something had torn or gone wrong. I didn't have any pain though. The doc said that about 3 weeks post surgery it's common for an internal scab to lift off and come out (thus the clot of blood) along with some mild bleeding. Sure enough it was cleared up within an hour.

Just wondering. Why did they say the cath had to be in for 3 weeks? I don't think the cath causes any bruising, but it is uncomfortable. My doc only had it in for 10 days. Guess all these docs have their own protocols.
42 yo.
PSA 4.65
Gleason scores from 4 pathologies of the same biopsy with 2 of 12 cores positive for cancer (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.)
4) both cores 3+4 (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.
and the winner op Gleason score of 3+4.
Good pathology report with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  Amazing how something so small can cause such problems!
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...

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