Had the surgery on 12 April, absolutely no pain afterward. Could not get over how weak I felt after for two weeks. Catheter was awful, removed one week after surgery. Still can not control my bladder after three weeks but some feeling in returning. I can now feel myself leaking, before I didn't feel anything but the wetness. Next visit in one week to discuss new PSA. Post biop indicated radiation would not have been an option. I have started to venture out of the house but still concerned about the leakage. Had one incident at a friends home where it got totally out of control after sitting for an hour. Wondering how long it will be until I wont have to wear a pad anymore? Would like to know how long it took for some of you.View Thread
I had Gleason score 4/3 (7) and have scheduled surgery for 12 April. My doctor advised me that this would be the best treatment. I'm 72, in good health and physically fit. Right now I'm experiencing pre-op fear, I have not been able to sleep for longer then 20 minutes. Also, I am concerned about pain after the surgery. I've read two books so I understand the what the surgery entails.
At first I could not stop thinking about it. First it was anger then the nurse called and told me the date for the surgery. My first thought was,"holy crap", this is really going to happen! My doctor gave me some pills to calm me down and I could finally get some sleep. The two books they gave me and this web sight have been a great help in understanding this. I have a lot of faith in my surgeon, he's done over a thousand of these. The hardest part has been of my own making, thinking too much. After reading the books and discussions with three local people that have had the surgery, the only complaint I have heard about is discomfort with the catheter. I can live with a little discomfort. No one mentioned pain but all said they spent to much time thinking. Two things have been helpful: try not to spend to much time alone and keep busy. This should help improve your social skills and you will soon have the best looking yard in the neighborhood.View Thread
Thanks for the info. My doctor gaave me an anti deprecent to help me sleep. Being retired military I think my problem stems from not being in control of this plus it's the first surgery for me.View Thread
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