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Old 10-18-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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da vinci prostate surgery problems

I am 66 years old and was diagnosed with prostate cancer over a year ago. At my age I was just going to let nature take its course, which they say could be several years! Last August because of the enlarged size of the prostate I had acute urinary retention, which was agony!!! I had to go to the emergency room and a catheter installed. After a week of that I decided to go through with the da vinci surgery. Several months before I also had been having abdominal pains (minor) but went ahead with the surgery. When I came out of the anastesha I was in severe pain in the abdomin! They gave me Morphine. My bowels also shut down. They gave me docalaxe, milk of magnesia. prune juice, but nothing seemed to work. I came home after 3 nights in the hospital. Catheter is out, but I'm in nasty pain about 1 inch below and 2 inches to the right of my navel. When I try for a bowel movement I get a horrible pain in the area mentioned. The pain was so bad my wife drove me to the emeregency room. They cat scanned and found nothing unusual!!!!!! Now everytime I sit up, cough, sneeze, or try for a bowel movement I get a horrible pain in the area mentioned! Has anyone experienced any of these post opertive problems???? Please Help

 
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Re: da vinci prostate surgery problems

Hello Mason,

I wanted to reply just to let you know that we commiserate with your pain and suffering. While I too underwent robotic surgery, I did not have your post-op symptoms. Of course, all surgery patients undergo bowel shutdown because of the anesthesia, but we mostly experience the discomfort of constipation, which can also become painful, but perhaps not as painful as you describe. The period until the first bowel movement is increasingly uncomfortable.

There are many pains related to the surgery, especially from sitting. After my catheter was removed, I had bladder spasms which were excruciating. That lasted four days until my catheter was re-inserted. And my pelvic area generally was in pain which I couldn't really pinpoint. Over the weeks, these all went away. But as I said to my coworkers, my five weeks away from work was not a vacation.

I wonder if you may not be having some kind of transferred pain from your bladder or groin to your abdomen, but what do I know. Perhaps others more knowledgeable will be able to give you helpful advice.

I hope that your discomfort soon passes.

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Old 10-19-2010, 11:55 AM   #3
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Re: da vinci prostate surgery problems

No one even mentioned the possibility of a TURP to relieve the urinery restriction before (and instead of) surgery? ? ?

 
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Hi there,
Im visiting my father after post op and he is in a lot of pain when he urinates. He had surgery on the 17th of Dec, and Dr said everything went spectacular. He was taking prescribed UTI medication for his pain, and was doing well. Once the dosage was done, he started with pain again.

Are you feeling better? I hope so. If you are, have you found that only time has made it better? or did you take any steps to improve your pain?

Ive researched a lot and know someone that works with people with these kinds of post op problems. Mainly as physical therapy. They work in relaxing the muscles, which can cause the pain because when pain is present, the muscles tense up. So they stretch you out and massage areas that need to be relaxed. Only, its difficult to explain to someone, and my father is not very open to these topics with me.

Any suggestion would help...

Thanks so much.

 
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Hi there,
Im visiting my father after post op and he is in a lot of pain when he urinates. He had surgery on the 17th of Dec, and Dr said everything went spectacular. He was taking prescribed UTI medication for his pain, and was doing well. Once the dosage was done, he started with pain again.

Are you feeling better? I hope so. If you are, have you found that only time has made it better? or did you take any steps to improve your pain?

Ive researched a lot and know someone that works with people with these kinds of post op problems. Mainly as physical therapy. They work in relaxing the muscles, which can cause the pain because when pain is present, the muscles tense up. So they stretch you out and massage areas that need to be relaxed. Only, its difficult to explain to someone, and my father is not very open to these topics with me.

Any suggestion would help...

Thanks so much.
Hi Helpingdad,

The pain your father is experiencing could be a reason from typical surgery after effects (scar tissue), but it also could be caused by something more problematic. Your father should explain in detail is symptoms to his doctor. The usual pain in urination after surgery is cause by infection at the bladder sphincter, where the urethra was reattached, or it may have been caused by any scar from the catheter. Urethral stricture due to inflammation is usually treated with UTI medication, but there are cases where it is required cutting the stricture via cystoscopy. In worse cases the urethra “pipe” becomes clogged causing pressure inside the bladder which could lead to kidney damage.

Physical exercises are a good choice as you say not only to detrusor muscles but to the whole affected area from surgery. Your father may be silent about the matter but he will like to know that you care for him.
I wish him a good and quick recovery.

Have a good 2011
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Re: da vinci prostate surgery problems

If the UTI med worked -- why not keep taking it? UTIs are notoriously hard to cure and may take many weeks to go away on antibiotics. It may also help to try a different antibiotic. My UTI was unfazed by Cipro, then I switched to Bactrim and it went away in a couple of weeks.
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Im visiting my father after post op and he is in a lot of pain when he urinates. He had surgery on the 17th of Dec, and Dr said everything went spectacular. He was taking prescribed UTI medication for his pain, and was doing well. Once the dosage was done, he started with pain again.

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Re: da vinci prostate surgery problems

Thanks baptista and tall allen for responding. Yeah, he called this morning to see what the dr can do or suggest, but, the doc is out of town, so his primary was able to get a refill for the meds...hopefully it helps for a while. Hes at the dr now getting another urine test.

The only thing is that I read that those pills for urinary pain should only be taken in 2 day sequences. Not ongoing for long term. Ill mention the antibiotics. This info helps. Also, did you guy take any probiotics to replace the good that the antibiotics may have taken?

 
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Re: da vinci prostate surgery problems

Hopefully it will be easily fixed by antibiotics. I make my own yoghurt and eat it every day whether I'm on antibiotics or not. Can't hurt to replace some of the bacterial flora in the colon. There are ten times as many bacterial cells there compared to the human body, and about 500 species of bacteria living there. Humans are a survival mechanism for bacteria.

 
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