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Results of Open Surgery

SubicSquid
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Joined: Aug 2009

I had my open RP on Thursday, October 22. I was not a candidate for DaVinci because of my huge gut. The surgery, which was scheduled for 3-4 hours actually lasted over 6 hours with a 2 hour recovery following that. The reason for the long surgery according to the surgeon was my fat and my pelvic bone is at some weird angle and he had a hard time putting me back together. I was discharged from the hospital on Saturday, October 24. The pain was not too bad - I took Vicodin for one day and then swithced to Tylenol. Now for the bad stuff. I will have to have my cathetor in for 3 weeks. The doctor wants to ensure healing of the difficult connnectuon he made. I had a catheter for 1 week in July and this one for some reason is more comfortable. The large, stapled incision is tender. I am having a leakage problem from around the catheter when I stand up - doctor says it is bladder spasm and is no indication as to any future incontinence problem. It is the same as the spurt you sometimes get during a bowel movement. We shall see. At least I am getting used to using a pad. I had the two pelvic lymph nodes removed. I am now suffering with the results of that. My legs are swollen and filled with fluid as well as my scrotum. I walk like a ruptured duck because I have a softball between my legs. It isn't painful, but worrysome. The doctor says not to worry - the first two weeks of recovery are the worst!! I am taking a pill for the bladder spasm. Part of the problem again is my big gut. It puts a lot of pressure on the bladder when I sit and when I stand it spurts. Once the catheter is out I will have a lot of work to do. The pathology report came back. I just had a verbal summery from the doc, I will get the complete one when we meet again. My original Gleason was 8. The final one is 7. There are two "pinpoint" spots in one margin. The doc says we will discuss this after my first PSA comes back. He seemed to be satisfied with the outcome. As I have read this board and seen the success most of you have had with the DaVinci surgery I at first felt cheated because of what I am having to go through with my surgery. But, I have decided that no matter what, the main thing is to get rid of the cancer and live. I am only 63 and have a long way to go. Finally, I am really fortunate to have a wife that has been with me from the beginning of this and is taking care of me and making things a lot easier. I consider myself to be very fortunate.

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lewvino
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Joined: May 2009

Glad to hear that you are on the road to recovery. Wishing you much success. Even though you may be 'waddling like a duck' as you said keep up the exercise! Everything you described sounds pretty normal even to the Davinci. Have you worked on your weight loss to improve your health? Believe me I know it is not easy! In the past year I have really worked on it and have dropped 55 pounds since Late 2007. WHen I found out about my prostate cancer I started loosing weight with more desire to get healthy. As I said it has not been easy Since I do love to eat! What is my secret for weight loss? Sorry I don't really have one but the usual of eating more healthy, eating less, eliminating most dinners and adding walking to my daily routine. Also started lots of healthy vitamins and suplements.

I also have 1 small positive margin post surgery.

Larry

SubicSquid
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Joined: Aug 2009

The weight loss is the next goal. I have done it in the past and this time I plan to stick with it. My 35 year old son has seen the light because of my PC and has started to eat a healthier diet and exercise more. He wants to do all he can to preclude going thru this.

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lewvino
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hang in there. Cheering you on as you work towards your new weight goal and a healthier you!

Larry

NM
Posts: 214
Joined: Jul 2009

I am only 52 and I agree the main thing is remove cancer and live. Sorry you couldnt have Davinci but now you can began recovery. A good caring partner like you have makes it much more bearable to go through this.

Wishing you all the best and God bless you....Nick

bigxbadxjohn
Posts: 15
Joined: Oct 2009

Hello-

I have found a weight loss plan that is simple and easy to follow. Just search AMAZON for Dr. Gott's book called: No Flour, No Sugar. Or just eliminate foods containing white flour and foods and drinks containing sugar of sugar like sweeteners like honey and the pounds will come off very naturally.

Dr. Gott is a medical doctor and has written a daily medical advice column in newspapers for years. Many, many people have written to him to praise his No Flour, No Sugar diet or way of eating. My son and myself lost approximately 35 # each with this easy diet. Most importantly, this has become a "way of eating" for us and the extra weight has stayed off.

Good luck, John

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