15 yrs. with Pc. Treated twice with Radiation. Recurrence 2016, second time. Mayo consult. Both seminal vesicles 4+4 cancer. They recommend surgery; only the open will suffice for them. They (Kwon and Karnes) recommend removal of SV;s and 18-20 lymph nodes for proactive stance. Consult outside Mayo and find robotic an option. Whoopee! for I am dreading the open. 11/15/16 complete robotic procedure at U. of MN. Dr. Chris Weight, young gun, does the surgery. With radiated bed, he manages, with the DaVince to complete operation in four hours, slowly and carefully. Got both SV's out. Also able to dig into my existing, dead prostate gland, for additional cancer in roots of SV's. Lab instantaneous results, say 3 layers still cancer found; 4th tissue sample to standby lab., finally shows not further cancer present. Thus I am hopeful that all of the PC is mostly absent in that area. Lymph nodes dissection occurs. With only visual analysis, Doc says lymph nodes look OK. Recovering now at home. Able to be up and about, independent and can take basic care of self. Friends and family are coming with food and company. Major side effects are scrotum all enlarged and bruised. Ice packs here. Urinary Incontinence worse since operation. Doc says it should improve in time. I had stress incont. prior to surgery. 2-3 level, dull pain, in groin area. Manageable. Off pain killers, onto PRN Tylenol and coping fine. Day 8 of recovery. 10-14 days and then some daily improvement, I hope. Not driving yet. Laying low with the cold weather of Minnesota pounding us with ice and snow. Staying home and riding the storm out. Doc Rok
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