Eagle, it varies from person to person.
I was up and walking a little bit about 9 hours after surgery ended....then two or three times the next day, then released to go home after the second night.
Tried to walk for 10-15 minutes every couple of hours when I got home....sometimes in the back yard...sometimes on the street.
I went to lunch and dinner, with my trusty catheter along for the fun, several times. It helped me emotionally to get out of the house and see my friends.
I found a recliner to be comfortable when I was sitting. Even slept in one a few times.
Encourage your dad to do what he can to be active, but without overdoing it.
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008