We all react differently to our surgeries based on the type of surgery, our age, our physical condition and other conditions present at time of surgery. Here is a quick beakdown of what I have experienced since my DaVinci surgery which was done at the University of Washingto last Thursday. I am writing this in the hope that anyone who is in the process of surgery can gain some perspective from my experience.
Thursday June 19 5:30 a.m. report to hospital
7:30- Lights out
13:30 Surgery completed, took a little longer than expected because right side of prostate was"sticky" according to surgeon but he took the extra time to save all nerves.
14:30- wake up to pain in abdomen and starving to death I thought.
Rest of evening and night- pain medication and IV's not much sleep but really glad its over. I was also able to eat some soft food which really helped.
Friday morning- get up and take a stroll around the hospital with the help of a cardiac cart.
Friday at noon- release from hospital
Friday evening and night- really sore and still need pain meds
Saturday morning- first bowel movement, this was huge I almost passed out but felt so much better after it was completed. No more pain meds
Saturday afternoon- walk 1 1/2 miles drinking a whole lot of liquids.
Sunday- really feeling good but I have learned from some of my buddies on healingwell to not push too hard. Walked 2 miles and am eating just about everything.
Sunday night- slept great but my little friend(catheter) reminds me to be careful
Monday- continue too drink all of the fluids I can stomach, urine has been correct color since Saturday morning, no blood clots or pink color.
Tuesday morning- walked 2 miles and will try 2 more this afternoon.
This has been my recovery soo far, I hope it helps those of you who are close to DaVinci surgery, as far as what too expect. We're all a little different in our recovery but this is probably a good timeline give or take a day or two.