Denny, I had a hernia repair for my 2fer. lol Any last minute suggestions to make? Well, I don't know what you've done to prepare, but here's some to consider. Try to arrange with the surgeon or OR staff to get you a bladder spasm med as soon as you hit the recovery room, and take home a prescript
ion for it. Use it for 4 or 5 days, needed or not. Make sure to take stool softners. Make sure they have explained the details of the catheter, bag and use. Most of us have our most frustrating time with it, rather than surgery recovery. Velcro fastners to hold the bag, rather than adhesive tape, figure how to hang the bag on the bed (the coathanger between the mattress is neat), and practice and study how you can get into and out of bed. Maybe a few nights sleeping in the recliner would be better? Most guys here say to hit the floor walking as soon as possible after getting back to your room from recovery, and continue daily. Several short trips, even stairs and lengthening each day works well. Walking and lots of water. You got that bag now, and don't have to worry about
bathroom trips for a whiule, so take advantage and get plenty of water in to flush out various leftovers and surgery drug. If you need to ask anything while you are recovering, don't hesitate. There's nothing that can't be asked and answered here...See ya on the other side..
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4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08 Caverject started/stopped, aching. 2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
7/31/08 ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix .10ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's: 3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0, 9 mts.-0.