Good luck...I just had the Da Vinci on 4/8 and it wasn't that bad for my first, ever surgery. The catheter hurt a little while walking and moving. Family support help a lot.
Make sure you take your Easy Lax and bladder spasm pills. Those really help me. My cath was removed 4/18 and things are pretty good. Just remember not to over do it.
Age: 50 (March 2008)
DX 1/08 @ 49 yo
7/05: PSA 2.6 DRE Normal
9/07: PSA 3.4 DRE Normal
1/08: Biopsy 1 of 12 cores with 10% involvement, T1c, Gleason 3+3=6
4/08/08: Laparoscopic Rad. prostectomy @ Banner Thunderbird, 5 hrs.
Advised both nerve bundles spared
Post Op Pathology Report: Tumor confined w/in prostate, pT2c, NX, DX
Gleason is 3+3=6, bilateral with 15% total involvement near apex
Margins and Seminal Vesicles negative!!!
4/18/08: Staples and Catheter removed. Drip, drip, drip, drip...