Bladder Scheduled to be Removed 11/1/05

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Bladder Scheduled to be Removed 11/1/05

by Penguin on Sat Oct 22, 2005 12:00 AM

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Like many of you I have done extentsive research on bladder removal and neo bladders. My doctor, Dr. Joseph Smith at Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville, TN does over 300 of these surgeries a year. I had my consultation with him yesterday, I'm having a radical cystectomy, he expects me to be in the hospital for 4-5 days and home with a catheter for 3 weeks. With recovery in 6-8 weeks. Being able to control your urine will be a personal thing knowing what your body is capable of, it is different with everybody. He expects I will be up and walking the day of the surgery. The surgery should take about 4 hours. I urge anyone to come to Nashville to have this surgery. Dr. Smith is a leading expert in neo bladder surgery, people come to him for all over the world. There is no need to go through 8 hours of surgery. A little about me, I was found to have several T3 tumors back in 1993. Had surgery to remove and 6 weeks of bcg. For the next four years the tumors came back. I have been cancer free for 8 years and two months ago started having trouble again. Turns out this tumor was T2 very invasive, going into the bladder wall muscle. So it has to go along with my lymph nodes and the internal portion of my prostate. He expects me to have full function (sexual speaking)of course I will not produce any semen but I will not lose any enjoyment. I will give a weekly update. Anyone that has any questions feel free to email me and I will tell you how the the plan is progressing.
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