Hi, Marie and welcome.
I was able to shower the second day after surgery. My Surgeon told me not to have a sit-down bath for 2 weeks, to allow the incision and more importantly, a 1/4 inch opening left from the abdomen drain to seal and fill properly. If he is allowed to take a sit down bath while the catheter is still in, then a liberal coating of neosporin around the tube in the head of the penis will waterproof it, I'd suppose. As to time off, that's a variable depending on each man, I think. Chances are he will not feel much like sitting for long periods in a business office chair for a couple weeks or more. It will take probably 10 days to get the catheter out, then maybe another couple weeks until he is ready to tackle everyday life. His recovery may be quicker or not, it all depends on the individual. Hurrying back to work without allowing for proper healing may work against him, as far as regaining continence and strengthening everything back to pre-surgery state. Hope he has a fast and successful recovery period.
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7 06/05/07
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- 25mg Viagra nightly-no joy
10/19/07 Dry 24 hrs, pad at night just in case
11/15/07 ED-continue 25mg Viagra, no response, begin Vacorect pump-
11/15/07 1st PSA-0.01, fully continent- no pads
12/17/07 ED- 3 mts.-continue Viagra and pump-no change-no response