How I Got Up and Walked 3 Hours After da Vinci Robotic Surgery

I had read about how da Vinci robotic surgery was supposed to be “minimally invasive.” What exactly does that mean? I guess it means less cutting, less blood loss, less trauma to the body and faster recovery time. Was the advertising legit? Stay tuned, and I’ll tell you how my surgery went.

The doctor removed my prostate gland (prostatectomy) with the assistance of a da Vinci robotic surgical system. As I woke up in the recovery room afterwards, I lifted the light blanket that was covering me, and all I could see were 4 or 5 “keyholes” or dime shaped marks on my torso or abdomen. They didn’t look like incisions – I couldn’t see any stitches – they just […]

Is da Vinci Robotic Surgery Painful?

I had prostate cancer and chose to have it treated with surgery using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system. Did it hurt?   Stay tuned, and I’ll tell you all about it. I am an average guy without an agenda, so I’ll give you the straight info.

Before I answer the question, first a little background.  Let me walk you through the couple of days before and the couple of days after the surgery, so you’ll better understand my answer.

Before the surgery, I had to fast and then drink that colon flushing solution – just like you would before a routine colonoscopy.  Apparently, for pelvic area surgery, they want the colon completely empty.  So as anyone who has had a colonoscopy before […]

No One Told Me I Would Pee Like a Racehorse After Prostate Surgery

I had prostate cancer – it runs in my family going back at least 4 generations that I know of.  So for quite a long time, I had been more than casually interested in developments and scientific advances in the testing, diagnosing, and treatment of the disease.  Any story in a magazine or newspaper having to do with prostate cancer caught my eye – I consumed a lot of information over the years.  You might say I was studying all along, instead of cramming for the final.

The PSA test changed everything.  Early stage prostate cancer generally does not have any symptoms, so before the beginning of PSA testing, most men wouldn’t even go to see a doctor until they […]

Active Surveillance – FUGGEDABOUT IT – Why I Chose To Treat My Prostate Cancer

 

You’ve probably heard the buzz about how prostate cancer is being over-diagnosed and over-treated.  The strategy, as I – a non-medical person – understand it, is that many cases of prostate cancer are the so-called slow growing kind. So rather than seeking aggressive treatment now (which can lead to urinary, sexual and bowel problems), you “MONITOR” your situation by taking regular PSA tests, getting DRE’s (digital rectal exams), and biopsies.

The thinking (I guess) is that some other health problem is going to kill you first. In other words – YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING NOW – we’ll just “monitor” you. If you’re a patient in denial, you will love this!  Hey guys, my doctor told me I don’t […]

I Ate Tomatoes and Drank Green Tea and Still Got Prostate Cancer

I don’t know about you, but my ears perk up when I hear about the things you’re supposed to do to prevent cancer – like “get your antioxidants,” drink green tea, eat tomatoes (lycopene) – to name just a few. Well I did eat (and drink) all that stuff and still got prostate cancer.   So forgive me if I sound a tad skeptical.

Warning: this rant is not based on science. I am not a physician – far from it – I’m an accountant.
Background
Prostate cancer runs in my family and has for at least four generations that I know of. My great grandfather died from it, my grandfather died at a younger age, so we don’t know about him. […]

10 Great Things that Happened to Me After Prostate Surgery – The Urological Decafecta

I chose prostate surgery to treat my case of prostate cancer. You and your doctor may choose a different method. This is not medical advice.

When they wheeled me into the operating room, I had no idea that I would be receiving some “unadvertised” benefits.  Yes, prostate cancer was my diagnosis, and that is not a good thing, but I have to admit that I was more than pleasantly surprised after everything was said and done.

“The 3 goals of successful radical prostatectomy in descending order of importance are cancer control (margins), urinary continence, and potency.” ((http://www.roboticoncology.com/oncology-articles/organ-confined-prostate-cancer/#sthash.mRo6ONyS.dpuf))

 

Urologists sometimes speak of the ” trifecta.”  They’re not talking about horse racing – it’s a term that is sometimes used with prostate removal surgery. What do they […]

The Startling Story of Steve Jobs’ Pancreatic Cancer

I was reading the book, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, and came across what is nothing less than a startling series of events that eventually led to Steve Jobs’ untimely and way-too-early death at the age of 56 in 2011.

The story goes that in 2003, Steve was having a bout with kidney stones – a fairly common ailment that affects many people at one time or another. In treating the kidney stones, a CAT scan was taken of his kidney area that, inadvertently, picked up a suspicious spot on his pancreas.  After a needle biopsy, it was confirmed to be pancreatic cancer.

Normally when I hear of someone who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the disease is pretty far […]

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