Sep 21, 2011 - 6:39 pm
My 61 year old husband was recently diagnosed through biopsy after a physical exam demonstrated a palpable bump on his prostate and an elevating PSA. Three positive samples (3+3, 3+3 and 3+4) with an additionl one suspicious. PSA 5.3. Because of the "4" in the gleason score and the bump that can be felt, his urologist is recommending surgery - robotic. I called a urologist that I trust who practices where we lived for many years, and he said that because of the path report we could not wait any longer, and that surgery was definitely the way to go. We will have the slides re-read as well as see a medical and radiation oncologist as well as another urologist, but I'm thinking will end up with the surgery. My biggest question is about the difficulty of the surgery, amount of time that people are generally kept in the hospital, and specifically the aftercare requirements. We are considering going back home for the surgery, and need an idea of how long it would be before we could get back here. It's a 2 hour flight, which could take all day the way things are now. I am not well and am not able to drive or do errands - he's been doing that for many years, so we have to figure out the best way to handle everything. We're pretty much on our own and need to plan very carefully. We're fairly sophisticated medically but it has always been about me - this is a whole new thing and we absolutely do not have room to make mistakes. So - my question is - what do you think about being away from home for the surgery, how long would you expect it to be before we could fly back, how difficult is this?