Hello Banker, we will be glad when you are on the other side of your treatment choice, then you will be on the healing side. If you want to know more about
the catheter time and care, I would be happy to answer any questions directly or through my email, having had 5 in 66 days after surgery, kind of got to know about
You need to drink lots of water in particular post surgery, to flush all the toxins out of you, and much easier to do while you are on the catheter. Walking is best exercise you can do for your self, but don't over do it, listen to your body. Whether you have your robotic, or
open as I did, your body is still going through major surgery. Give yourself a chance to heal properly in the beginning, and later, you will be thankful for that.
If you need pain meds, and most men with robotic don't seem to need as much or as often, but don't be afraid to take. Healing takes much longer if you are fighting pain, that's a known medical fact. Toughing it out can delay your healing, and of course, make you feel miserable.
I was in the hospital for 4 days after my
open, then my wife took a week off to be with me at home, kind of set up a spare bedroom as a mini-hospital room. Might have been a little overkill, but she enjoyed caring for me, as she is a nurse.
As far as pads, etc, very subjective thing. It will depend a lot on how "dry" you are after your catheter is removed, if you read here often ,you will get a million versions of how that works with different men. I am biased toward the real "depends" brand products at first. The guards are great for daytime, just make sure you wear brief style underwear, not boxers, and ones with good leg elastic helps. At night, I found a certain comfort in the depends "pull up" briefs. They fit just like regular briefs, but thicker of course, I found they helped me sleep better not worrying about
wetting, even when they were bone dry in the morning.
Sure you will get all kind of good suggestions and answers here, hope we can help you.
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves saved, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05