I developed 2 lymphoceles after Da Vinci, and have made a couple of posts here if you search for them. As you may have been told, lymphoceles are rare (complication in something like 5% of surgeries). They heal slowly on their own, taking weeks to months, because there are no muscles to contract them and no 'triggers' to cause the tissue to come together. So, if you do the 'wait until they heal' have patience.
In my case, I experienced symptoms much like you. Lymphoceles developed about two weeks after surgery. Pressed on my kidneys to the point of high fever and extreme fatigue. Trip to the emergency room and a scan revealed the problem. There were two. They stuck a drain in one, and let the other one be. The initial drain insertion was under something close to general anesthetic. The drain was simply a tube (about 1/8") stuck in under my belly button, and held in place with a couple of stitches.
I lived with the drain for a month. Drained to a bag on my leg like a catheter. Started out at about 500 cc a day, had to get it down to under 25 cc before they would consider taking it out. Had one relapse, nearly hospitalized again, because the drain closed up. They had to reposition it, general pain reliever using an IV but awake. Unpleasant. The drain line had a 3-way valve in it, and when things didn't go fast enough on their own the Dr. had me backflush with saline and put in Betadine (iodine solution). The latter is a known way to kind of dry out the inside tissues and get them to close up on each other. The backflushing was not hard.
If you get as far as a drain, here are some things that mattered to me. One was bandaging the thing. It comes straight out of you, so I doubled over gauze bandages to create extra thickness, put one on either side of the drain, and securely taped it down so it did not move. That relieved painful yanks. The other was the backflushing. The Dr. only gave the basics. Tips are: (1) Betadine stains like hell. I stuck a small length of tubing cut from an oxygen tube onto the end of the syringe I was using, much easier to draw out from the bottle I was using; (2) I noticed that if I injected and then turned the valve right away (as the Dr had shown me) the Betadine just rushed back down the tube. Reading about this treatment, it seemed like the Betadine should stay in there awhile both to do its thing and to mix well inside the lymphocele and reach all corners. So I would put the Betadine in, and then turn the valve to hold it in for a few minutes (I would do before shower, and release after shower).
The drain was easy to live with, sort of. I went about my business.
It's now about a month later. The second lyphocele never did not cause me any problems. The first one, besides affecting my kidneys, cause my leg to hurt and I limped around as well. That lasted about a week past the drain removal, but resolved completely.
Good luck to you, and email me if you have any questions.
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PSAs 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 at yearly intervals, mild DRE finding (hindsight unrelated) lead to biopsy
3/08 1st biopsy, 18 core. Pathologist 1, HPIN and ASAP, 0.5mm 1 core. Pathologist 2, carcinoma
7/08 2nd biopsy, 16 core. Pathologist 1, 1 core carcinoma. Pathologist 3, 3 cores carcinoma
12/22/08, Davinci at U of Washington hospital, Dr. William Ellis, 6 hr procedure, both nerves spared.
12/31/08 catheter out, dry immediately
Final path report:
79 g prostate gland
<5% cancerous, bilateral, T2c, Gleason 3+4, margins & seminal vessels clear, 14 lymph nodes negative
ED - some nocturnal erections even with catheter. 1st orgasm at two week mark. 50% erect.
1/10/09 - Lymphocele post-surgery complication. Kidneys threatened. 2 days hospital, drain installed.
1/22/09 - Drain blocked, CAT scan, repositioned, continue drain
2/10/09 - The lymphocele drain comes out.