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Wed, Sep 4 4:21pm · Had a biopsy done recently - they want to do another one! in Prostate Cancer

If it were me, I would take their recommendations and go with the biopsy but ONLY under sedation. Not being sedated during this procedure is the only negative I have with Mayo.

Mon, Jul 22 1:38pm · Is a biopsy only way to diagnose prostate cancer? in Prostate Cancer

I believe it's an insurance issue, the biopsy being this least expensive alternative. Do your husband a huge favor and schedule the biopsy to include conscious sedation. If he has it performed without, it will be comparable to an episode in the shower room at any maximum-security prison. It was the most barbaric event I have ever endured. The downside is, you'll need to allow extra time in your day in order for him to recover from the anesthesia, and he can not drive afterward.

Mon, May 20 10:48am · Living with Prostate Cancer: Meet others & introduce yourself in Prostate Cancer

OUMike, I'm 61 with a Gleason 8 and a PSA of 18. Waiting for Mayo to consult on my options for treatment. I live 260 miles from Rochester so I doubt I will stay in their system.

Sep 13, 2018 · Bone on bone thumbs in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Yes, Lioness, there was quite a bit of therapy. It's a tough program. I am currently 60 years old. If I were a bit younger, I probably would have healed faster. If the injections are working for you, you are probably not as far gone as I was. I would stick with the least invasive solution. If you care to talk about it, I can provide you with my number.

Sep 13, 2018 · Bone on bone thumbs in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hello Lioness, I had bone on bone in the first metacarpal joint (thumb) of both hands. The injections are never going to give you back the cartilage you've lost. This is why I felt I had to go through with the joint replacement. I'm 10 months and 6 months post-op. Still in pain but hopefully things will improve the more I work on strength and flexibility.

Aug 6, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

My doc said I'd have whatever results at the one year mark. I am so wishing he's right. As it stands right now, I am in at least double discomfort compared to pre-op. Everyone heals differently. Follow your therapy and keep the joint mobile and stretched. Hydration is your friend. Improvement comes fast initially, then slows to hardly noticeable improvement. Be patient but don't give up. Good luck.

May 1, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

There is a youtube video of a Mayo patient from Florida. He gives updates for a few weeks. His last video is an update after two years. Surgery was performed down in Florida by the doctor who pioneered the implant (Jorge Orbay MD). If you are not familiar with Youtube, you need to get familiar. You can even see the operation on video.

Apr 29, 2018 · Pyrocarbon thumb joint replacement in Joint Replacements

I have had this procedure done to both thumbs. I'm 60 and in good shape. operations on 11/23/2017 and 2/26/2017. I'm putting my faith in the doctor's prognosis of up to one full year of healing. It is difficult to perform tasks but I get a little advancement of mobility with each passing week.