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Robotic Prostatectomy Surgery

I have always been a healthy guy so when I started to urinate blood after my weekly 3 mile run I was to say the least alarmed. Within 6 weeks I had PSA test, CT scan, bone scan and a prostate biopsy with the Gleason score of 8. My head is still spinning with the news of prostate cancer and still trying to sort things out in my head with my upcoming robotic-assisted surgery in less than 2 weeks. Not sure what to expect after the surgery, after reading some of the stories here it sounds like my life is going to change in a major way. I just hope I have some of the qualities of my life that I have enjoyed for the past 58 years.

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Comments

  • JoBu
    2 days ago

    Hello Oshrunner,
    From your whirlwind experience of suspecting a problem, having multiple tests, choosing treatment and scheduling surgery I’m sure your head is spinning. I spaced that process out over 18 months and felt overwhelmed at times. The encouragement I can give you is that I felt better the day of my surgery than I had in weeks leading up to it, because I had peace of mind that I was being treated.
    My pre-surgery advice is: practice “prehab” and start doing your kegels now. You’ll be glad later. After the surgery take it really easy. As a runner you’ll probably want to get active again soon. Don’t rush it, give your body time to heal.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi Oshrunner. Sorry to hear about the diagnosis, but glad you have come to a place you can get information and support. Many guys here have been where you are and understand.

    First and most important thing to point out is the PCa is absolutely treatable. As cited with specifics on this page covering PCa statistics, the survival rates, especially for early stages, is very high: https://prostatecancer.net/prostate-cancer-statistics/.

    Second, concerning the prostatectomy and the potential side effects, you may want to look at this article on the topic from our editorial team: https://prostatecancer.net/treatment/radical-prostatectomy/. You doctor should also be able to give you more details.

    You are correct that things will change and it is important to learn what you can, as there are things that you can do to prepare and steps to take post surgery. In this article one of our contributors writes about his surgery and the early recovery period: https://prostatecancer.net/living/riding-roller-coaster/. Other community members may also chime in with their experiences, but it is important to remember that everyone is different and experiences side effects differently. Again, your doctor should also be able to help in this area.

    Know that you can do this and this community will be here for you. Please feel free to keep us posted on how you are doing. Best, Richard (ProstateCancer.net Team)

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