Nov 18, 2013 - 10:20 pm
I am a new member and this is my first post. Last week I had a radical robotic prostatectomy. Everything went well. I think. Today I had my catheter removed (what a relief). Also, today I received a copy of my surgical pathology report indicating, pretty much, what the surgeon had already told me. The cancer was contained within the prostate with only 5% of the prostate involved. All nodes & margins were negative. After reading the report a second time something took me by surprise. I noticed that four parts were submitted for pathology analysis as follows: 1) the prostate, 2) left pelvic lymph node, 3) right pelvic lympth node and 4) left nurovascular bundle.
My question is this: Is the left neurovascular bundel one of the "nerve bundles" robotic surgery is supposed to have "spared" for the preservation sexual function? Why would he removed one of the nerve bundles and not say anything to me about it? Need some input.