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salvage prostatectomy

sophiamia15
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Joined: Aug 2011

I had a salvage robotic prostatectomy June 23 and it went very well. My surgeon was able to do nerve sparing surgery and removed a hernia also in the process. My gleason score was 3+4 and the doctor removed 19 lymph nodes, all the surrounding tissue and found nothing. Because I had had bracytheraphy 8 years ago, the skin was irradiated and I was told healing would take longer and the catheter would stay in for a while. However after 8 weeks there is still a leak. I'm having a cat scan in 2 weeks to see if there is an infection? He says it will eventually heal. Anyone else have similiar problems? John

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VascodaGama
Posts: 1526
Joined: Nov 2010

John

You belong to the few groups of patients who got salvage surgery for RT recurrence. This is a difficult approach but curable. It will take its time (longer) but you can expect full recovery/healing from the treatment. Incontinence may be the most difficult part to get to normalcy.
I wonder what has been the chronology of your PSA and your age at the time of treatment.

Wishing you get better and that cath out the soonest.

Welcome to the board.

VGama

Swingshiftworker
Posts: 625
Joined: Mar 2010

Sorry that BT didn't work out for you but am glad your salvage surgery apparently went well and hope you get better soon.

Guess, your experience puts the lie to the claim that people w/PCa who have radiation treatment can't later have surgery done.

Good luckl!!!

robert1
Posts: 82
Joined: Apr 2011

I hope your doctors are right and you heal perfectly.

For a guy undergoing IGRT treatment right now leading up to BT, I thank you for sharing your story.

Where did you get your surgery done?

Good luck!!!!

robert1

robert1
Posts: 82
Joined: Apr 2011

I hope your doctors are right and you heal perfectly.

For a guy undergoing IGRT treatment right now leading up to BT, I thank you for sharing your story.

Where did you get your surgery done?

Good luck!!!!

robert1

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