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    Three days after surgery

    I had open surgery by Dr. Eric Klein at Cleveland Clinic. Doc said it wet well and the nerve bundles and lymph nodes were left in-tack. Out in 11/2 days and spent a night before driving 6 hours to Chicago.
    For people looking for an expert I recommend Dr. Klein. He is the Chairman of the #1 Urology hospital and has performed over 3,000 surgeries.
    So far I've had to deal with some pain when bending over and sneezing (this hurt).
    I'm looking forward to having the catheter removed at University of Chicago Medical to avoid the drive back and forth.
    For surgery patients how long did the pain take to reduce to a low level?
    Greg, Diagnosed 1/17/13, TIc, Gleason 3+3, 3 positive cores (5%, 0%, 50%), PSA 4.7 (7/7/12), Excellent health (otherwise)
    Open prostatectomy 4/15/13 by Dr. Eric Klein, Cleveland Clinic. Nerve bundles and lymph nodes in tact.
    Pathology showed negative margins, Gleason 4+3, 108 gram prostate.

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    You're probably going to be a little more sore than those of us that underwent DaVinci surgeries. I was "sore" for just a few days, but was "uncomfortable" for a couple of weeks. Probably doesn't help much, but just hang in there, it won't be too long and you'll start feeling better.

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    You should start feeling better when the long incision is mostly healed. The rest of the surgery is pretty much the same (on the inside) as da Vinci, except that the robot only leaves 6 tiny keyhole incisions to heal. So, once the long incision is well along the road to healing, you should be feeling pretty good.

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    July 2011 local PSA lab reading 6.41 (from 4.1 in 2009). Mayo Clinic PSA 9/ 2011 = 5.7.
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    I may have been just been lucky or more likely I had a great surgeon, but I can say that I had no pain what-so-ever. I never took any pain meds after the surgery, in the hospital or at home. Yes, I did have a little discomfort, hard to describe the actual feeling, just some minor discomfort. I agree that a cough or a sneeze is a bit of a jolt, however, if you have a small pillow, when you feel a sneeze or cough coming just hold the pillow tightly across your abdomen and it will greatly lessen that jolt.
    It's a great feeling to have it all over-with.
    Age: 65 / At surgery
    10/01/12 PSA 5.7 & climbing
    10/25/12 Transrectal biopsy / results T2 b/c Score of 3-4 & 4-3 / Gleason Score 7
    10/28/12 Consultation with Surgeon Dr. Vipul Patel (6,000+ surgeries) for Da-Vinci Radical Prostatectomy (my choice)
    01/11/13 Da-Vinci Prostatectomy, Florida Celebration Hosp. (above surgeon), Cancer confined within prostate capsule & none found in margins or lymph nodes.
    02/26/13 PSA test <.01
    06/11/13 PSA test <.01 and Testosterone 510
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    [QUOTE=Sarg;I agree that a cough or a sneeze is a bit of a jolt, however, if you have a small pillow, when you feel a sneeze or cough coming just hold the pillow tightly across your abdomen and it will greatly lessen that jolt.

    Sarg; this does help.
    I considered going to your surgeon looking at his experience and his location to our second home in Naples. My brother in law went to Klein 14 years ago and I liked that his was the chairman of urology at Cleveland Clinic and this was the best hence of an unbiased opinion consultation.
    I really don,t have pain sitting or lying down. It is only when I move during sitting, lying and walking. I'm impatient and need to give it the time it needs.
    Thanks for all the comments.
    Greg, Diagnosed 1/17/13, TIc, Gleason 3+3, 3 positive cores (5%, 0%, 50%), PSA 4.7 (7/7/12), Excellent health (otherwise)
    Open prostatectomy 4/15/13 by Dr. Eric Klein, Cleveland Clinic. Nerve bundles and lymph nodes in tact.
    Pathology showed negative margins, Gleason 4+3, 108 gram prostate.

 
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