Six days ago I had robotic surgery by Dr. Vipul Patel at Florida Hospital in Celebration, Florida. Spent two nites in the hospital. Two nites because of being on my own. Post recovery went well. Had antibiotics, stool softener, and Tylenol. No pain. no problem, but some discomfort that was manageable. Had cystogram performed today and passed. Went to surgeons office to have the catheter pulled. I was a bit nervous about
that, but nothing tramatic. I was hoping for a popping sound as the tip came out like a cork out of a champaign bottle, but no such luck. Thought that would have been appropiate given the last week. Urinating ok at this point, but I realize its early on that phase yet. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Path report: Surgical margins, seminal vesicles, and Vas deferens: free of tumor involvement. Needless to say, that's a major relief. I don't know for a fact but I am glad I exercised a lot before this, changed diet, and got on food supplements. Concentrated on cardiac endurance and muscle strength in stomach area down to upper thighs. If anything, lost 30lbs, even if it had no bearing on surgical recovery.
When I was diagnosed my Urologist said there are no free lunches with this, and right he is. It is a battle. But I prepared for it and did it alone. As with any contest its how you enter the arena. Something I read in the 70's that has stuck with me: Your view affects your attitude, which affects behaviour, which affects abilities, which affects your accomplishments.
Many thanks to all who have posted their experiences, thoughts, and opinions here. It has helped immensely.