I wanted to cap my three months post op, but first and foremost, I cannot tell you all how instrumental these postings have been for me. Basically it put me in charge of my Prostate cancer treament, and helped me to manage my doctors as they are all too busy for details. So kudos to many of you who are offering your experience to us mostly readers. Please keep it up.
I am 56 years old, Pre-op PSA of 5.4, Gleason of 3+4, which turned out to be 4+3.
Once I found out about my cancer, this message board became my best point of reference. I read Dr. Patrick Walsh's book, and passed on my local surgent, and went to the best surgent, at the Standford University Hospital.
As the good book says, there are surgery, Cancer, Continence and ED to worry about.
I chose to go with the RRP and made sure my surgent has had good scores and expertise on this procedure.
Obviously the two weeks recovery was not all that fun! But one advice on this posting was to use Neoporin+Pain on the catheter, and believe me as a disinfectant and lubricant was a total a life saver. What a great advice.
I improvised on the Urine bag, and only used the large bed bag for all two weeks. Basically I bought a cheap pair of sweat pants, cut a large hole on the seems on both sides, and passed the bag through it and placed it in a fancy shopping bag going for LONG walks everyday!
I ulternated to each leg, so there was less skin irritation on my legs.
Long walks and good diet, and great family support, helped me to drop my cholesterol by 30 points and my weight by 10 pounds in 30 days
The surgery went well, clear edges, lost one third of my left nerves in the process only.
Three months post op, and my PSA results just come in as <.02
I guess being proactive and on top of it paid off for me.
In the continence department, 2 weeks ago I felt that I no longer needed the pad at night, one pad a day will do me fine unless I am working in the backyard and lifting stuff.
On the ED segment, I am not doing too well. I am following the advice of this board and and taking a quarter of V pill everyday and hoping for the sun to rise at some point!
I have heard that from here on every six month PSA test is in order, but my surgent wants to see every three months for the first year, any comments?
Anyway, a quick recap of where I am at this point. Once again I want to thank all our veterans for chimming in giving their advice, it sure helped me a lot.