Posted 4/7/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)
Good Evening VaFan,
It will be just fine. There seems to be some missing information about your husbands situation. I will assume you have researched all your options and are comfortable with your choices. Dont rush into something you or your man feel you were scared into or have your doubts.
I had my surgery March 27th. I choose the DaVinci or RRP. My prep for surgery was clear liquids 24 hours or more and a enema before bedtime the night before. I brought very little to the hosp. I got there at 1030 a.m. and walked into the Operating room at noon. I was in surgery for 5 hours and in recovery for 3 ( a little long, I like to nap).
It is a long safe operation. DaVinci has a little bleeding and the open a little more but either very safe. The Family needs to get rest because your time to help is when he comes out of recovery. I was out of it a little when I came out as expected. Your husband will have a catheter in and his pee will be St. Patricks day GREEN. This is normal.. It will get clearer by the hour. He will have alot of liquid coming out. His diet will be clear liquids right away and then if no other medical issues will likely return to a regular diet right away. No remember I had the DaVanci and the open is just as safe but may differ in some what I say. I had 3 or 4 doses of pain medication through my stay. I was in the hosp. 30 hours. Now if you have open he will likely be there longer and it makes no difference.
I did some work at a home computer 1-2 hours from day 3. I had no pain meds except tylenol and Motrin taken alternatly every three hours. There is a list I loved that I got on this site The little things you need. I had alot of the list but I got the rest at the store in preparation. Basketball pants were my favorite item for they snapped up the side for my day bag. He will have a day and night bag ( little and big).
I did too much day 3 and my urine looked like kool aid. Normal I learned. Watch fever over a 100. F. I took three days of anti-biotic after my catheter came out on day 7.
Everyone is different as to how the plumbing begins to work. I leaked pretty good when catheter was removed but seems to be getting better every day. Do Kegels, Do Kegels Do Kegels. ED was not a problem and returned in 9 days.
about a week after surgery you get your cath out and get your Path report and go from there.
I am 54 athletic and in good general health. I am recovering just as expected. Drive home in the most comfortable car. No trucks or Jeeps the ride is everything. Check out the list on this site. It is worth it.
Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old
DRE normal - High PSA for 5 or more years
2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Current PSA 6 - Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicalg Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago
5 hour surgery , 3 hour recovery
Unexpected Cardiac issues appear and disappear?
Hospital stay 30 hours - Catheter out in 7 days normaly expected leakage - Erectile funtion back on line 9 days
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on bottom of prostate distal, 1 positve margin distal at penis, going to meet with oncologist to discuss treatment options if any at this time.