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   Posted 10/31/2007 2:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kids,
We had our visit with our urologist and he said Den can have the daVinci with his big prostate.  He said they can get a kidney out of that incision so a prostate should be fine.  We will meet with the surgeon down the line closer to surgery.  The surgery is going to be Dec 14.  Seems like a long time but it will give DB time to play golf and get the office ready for him being gone. We have high hopes and are in good spirits.  We have faith that some good will come from this.  We have a lot to learn and one of them is where to buy pads for the leakage.  Do they mean kotex or adult diapers?
Thanks, Les and DB 

M. Kat
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   Posted 10/31/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hopeso, we mean adult diapers. there are two types - pads which you slip into a pair of briefs and the whole diaper brief (which is like a pair of briefs). you buy them at any pharmacy and unfortunately, there are a lot to choose from so you stand there trying to make a decision. We bought a pack of both. DB can also take this time to get in the best physical shape he can. yes, Dec 14 seems like far away but will be here before you know it. keep up those good spirits! take care, 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!

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   Posted 10/31/2007 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   

There are several different pads with varying levels of absorbancy. You can buy a large absorbancy pad called male undergards. My urologist recommended these instead of the full diaper brief and it was more then enough for me. I would recommend that when you go to get the catheter out that you take this kind and then judge from there what absorbancy level will be needed. The poise type of pads are a lot more comfortable so you will want to get into those as soon as possible.

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

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 11/1/2007 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I, too, found the pad that fits in front on your briefs to be adequate. They are surprisingly absorbant. Good luck with the surgery. I'm confident your husband will do fine. Afterwards, make sure he doesn't try to get back to work too soon. Lots of rest is the key to a good recovery!
60 years old
Dx March 2007
Pre-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
Clinical Stage: T1c
Biopsy: 1 in 10 positive
Da Vinci: June 7, 2007 
Post-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
   Clear at margins
First Post-PSA Sept 07 = <.01 (Hooray!!)

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   Posted 11/1/2007 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Hopeso,

I'm glad to hear you have a plan for your husband's big step.  My experience with my urologist/surgeon is that she had a drawer of assorted pads and adult diapers on-hand.  You may wish to see what the situation is when the catheter is taken out and ask the doctor if you may just use what is in the office beforehand.  My surgeon gave me an adequate pad in the office.  My wife had previously purchased adult diapers and I never used them.  I found the large "Poise" pads my wife purchased later were just fine for about 6 weeks, and then I could go to a smaller pad.

Everyone's experience is different and it would be a shame to spend a lot on pads or diapers that you don't need until you find out your particular situation during the first couple of days off the catheter.

Just my two cents worth :-)

You and your hubby are in our prayers.

Kind regards,


"Idaho" ~ Barry


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA 0.04 (undetectable) 9/11/2007

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