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April 2016

Going Back to Work After Prostate Surgery

By |April 12th, 2016|

Before I had my robotic prostate surgery, I had heard/seen some amazing stories about how fast certain guys were returning to work.  It sounded almost too good to be true, or maybe they were just cherry picking the best case scenarios.  But what is more typical – what is more reasonable?

Well, I had my prostate removed by a urologist with the assistance of a da Vinci robotic system, and all I can really talk about is what happened to me. In my case, I wanted to take my time – heal properly and not set any records.

First of all, the robotic method is designed to be less invasive, meaning less cutting, less blood loss. Instead of an open incision […]

January 2015

Prostate Nerve Sparing: How I Tried to Lobby My Doctor

By |January 18th, 2015|

Ok, I had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and had scheduled da Vinci robotic surgery at the local hospital with my urologist. What am I thinking now?

I’m thinking about how – in a few short weeks – I am going to be in an operating room, knocked out, and my doctor is going to be snipping away down there in my groin area. How much is he going to take out?   Is he going to preserve my nerve bundles, or isn’t he?

So I called him up to “lobby” for my case. “… Doctor, I just want to remind you that of the 12 needle samples you took in my biopsy, only one showed any sign of prostate cancer. And […]

November 2014

Bloating: What is the Real Story after Robotic Prostate Surgery?

By |November 30th, 2014|

Ok, I’ve read a lot of stories online about men who have had robotic prostate surgeries, and I occasionally hear them complaining about their “bloating” problem. Ironically, an old friend of mine also told me about how he helped somebody out after prostate surgery. He picked him up at the hospital and drove him home, and the first thing he mentioned to me was how this guy had a “bloating” problem.

In yet another online story, a surgery patient actually suggested that you pack a loose-fitting pair of pants to go home in, because your waist line is too bloated up. (Well, I believe you should wear some loose fitting pants, but not for the same reason. I say it’s […]

How I Survived Prostate Cancer After da Vinci Robotic Surgery – Day to Day Log

By |November 22nd, 2014|

Yes, I had prostate cancer and yes, I chose surgery to treat it.

Before we go any further, let me explain that I am not a medical doctor – far from it. In fact, I’m an accountant. So there is absolutely no assurance that anything I say that touches on medical matters is true, correct, precise or up to date. Even if a statement I make about medicine is accurate, it may not apply to you or your symptoms.

This is informational only and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical doctor.
My Story
Prostate cancer is common in my family.  My Dad had it, all of his brothers (my uncles) had it, and I knew it was probably just a matter […]

May 2014

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

By |May 8th, 2014|

 

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 […]

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