I had robotic surgery Thursday, 11/29 and I believe that all is going well. My surgery was scheduled for noon, but I did not go into the operating room until about
1:30 pm. The nurse had me walking the hall for the first time at 3:30 am, and I was released on Friday before 11 am. My doctor said that the surgery took about
2 hours and all went without any complications or surprises. I go back to have the catheter removed on Thursday or Friday of this coming week (7-8 days). Dr. Miller said that he would have the pathology report at that time.
I have been walking each day and feel that I am getting stronger. My urine has returned to its normal color. I have had minimal real pain, just some discomfort in the abdomen section. I took something for pain after getting home (2 hour car ride), but have only occasionally used Advil (my doctor's recommendation) since then. I don't have much of an appetite yet, but I sure was happy to have my first bowel movement this morning.
My doctor had me take Milk of Magnesia, and he gave me the bowel movement as my weekend project.
As far as the catheter goes, I have found that I am more comfortable with the leg bag. I initially used boxers but have converted to briefs and find that they help to stabilize the tube and minimize the tugging of the catheter.
I am thankful to have reached this point in my journey. My family and friends have meant so much to me and my wife. My wife of 39 years (on 11/30) is remarkable. I feel truly blessed. I did have to ask her yesterday when she was helping me change catheter bags if she knew what she was getting into when she said yes 39 years ago.
Thanks to everyone that has posted on this site. The information, personal experiences, and support have been invaluable.
10/06 - 1st PSA ever - 4.6
11/06 - PSA retake - 5.3
12/06 - Biopsy, 12 cores - negative
7/07 - PSA - 9.0
7/07 - PSA 13.8 (after 10 days antibiotics)
8/07 - Biopsy, 12 cores, 1 positive @1%; Gleason 3+3=6
9/17/07 - Bone scan - negative
9/18/07 - CT scan - negative
10/12/07 - John Hopkins recheck of biopsy slides Gleason 3+3=6
Da Vinci surgery scheduled for 11/29/07