From reading above remark, I guess I must clarify, that for me, myself, it took 5-6 days to have my first bm. They tried everytrick in the hospital, laxatives, warm prune juice, and got nothing but stomach rumbling, the doc. said that was good enough for him, and they released me after 4 days without a real bm.
Yes, everybody has a diff. story there, didn't mean to imply there was some set time.
For many, perhaps the catheter is a minor inconvience, but I am finishing up on day 53 with one in place, it's a little more then inconvient, lol.
Tom, no pain med after leaving the hospital? Either you have an amazing threshold of pain tolerance, or perhaps having a robotit really does cut down the pain edge. I feel I am pretty tough, but I didn't wean off of prescription pain meds after my open RP surgery until about week 3, and I hate to take meds. Again, we are all different.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3, 9/8 14.9, 10/8 16.4
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive 7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%, G 4+3 & 3+4
Open RP surgery November 14, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8, Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32. Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08, Catheter out 12/29/08. After 7 hours, complete stoppage again, emergency room put in Catheter #3 early evening of day 45, still 12/29/08. 1/5/9 - Cath #3 out, dr. did cycloscope, saw potential blockage, put in Catheter #4, further tests/treatments 1/9/8.
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes.
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled now for 2/9/9