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Re: Lynph Nodes


I've just responded to your previous post so i suggest you read what Donna has to say before going any further with your arrangements.

The lymph nodes are a very important part of the immune system. Why remove a healthy organ - and why remove the seminal vesicules? I just don't get it and really think you should take a deep breath and more time to study your options.

Good luck if you go for the surgery, but think hard about that.

All the best

Terry in Australia

Re: Lynph Nodes

the course of action suggested by your doc sounds very reasonable to me.

Re: Lynph Nodes

In response to Terry, the seminal vesicles are useless without the prostate so, if there's the slightest possiblity they might be involved (and there's always a chance however small), they should be removed. Ditto the lymph nodes - there's no way to tell if they're healthy without pathology. I had open RP and had eleven lymph nodes removed. There was a drainage tube which came out before I went home from hospital (around 40 hours after surgery finished). There was a lot more tubing in that drainage than I expected, and it felt weird coming out, but it was over so fast there was no time for it to hurt. I also had some discomfort in the drainage area for a few weeks but not a big deal. To me, it seems like the right way to go.