A few more -- waiting for the first bowel movement can cause anxiety for sure!
1) First bowel movement may not occur until 4 days (that was my experience) and is normal.
(any others with longer times so we can pin the upper limit on this one?)
2) Bladder stones CAN form in less than two weeks while catheter is in (they are not kidney stones).
(I had one of these oxalate stones pass (painlessly) a few hours after catheter came out)
shaving yourself before surgery: remember that ONE PERSON reported (and i think others cautioned too) that after discovering he was pre-shaved on day of surgery, they POSTPONED the surgery! Be sure to ask your surgeon if it is OK to do so. A postpone is highly unusual but you don't want to be that 1 in a million!
4) While shaving (if you do) shave the hair off the tops of your hands -- that's where the needle/tape goes on for the IV line).
5) Get tube of medicated (with some pain killer?) cream to use aroound catheter!
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6) Rent or buy a Toilet Seat Commode (goes by lots of names). Man did I thanked Jesus every time I sat on that beautiful high seat!
(I even saw where they have PADDED deluxe models .... nice ....)
walking (or Jogging/Stepping/Shuffling in place) -- it is BORING and you won't keep it up for long -- UNLESS you have an easy goal. I recommend a pedometer and strive for, say, 10,000 steps a day. You can do em in bursts any time -- all day. No time constraints. (Omron HJ-112 or HJ-113 are good pedometers and unobtrusive -- just put em down your boxers).
Walking etc -- start this program BEFORE you go in for surgery -- preferably a year or two or 10 years before -- just do it.
9) One I doubt your doc would recommend, but it's a good one:
Try to score some cialis, viagra and levitra samples from your doc (any docs!) BEFORE surgery.
Get them even if you have no problems in that area (yet).
Firstly, you will find out if any of them work before surgery (if you are already fine, you'll be even finer for longer). That knowledge may save you money after surgery by choosing the right one.
Secondly, leading up to surgery it is easy to get 'performance anxiety' and a a little help from your C,V,L friends will get you thru it.
Thridly, it'll be fun to experiment with them -- really.
Age 58, 195lbs, 6'4", 57 at DX, PSA Aug2008 7 4 ... June2007 4.7 (BPH + LUTS)
Biopsy Nov2008 1 of 12 cores 5%, Gleason 3+3 - Sona showed size 140+ cc (110 grams post op).
open RRP surgery , Nerve sparing both sides, 1 day in hospital, Day 4 first BM,
Pathology Report: All margins clear - No Invasive spread - no change in Gleason score.
02/18/09 Cath out, passed a 1cm oblong STONE within hours.
03/06/09 Started Levitra@20mg / Viagra@100mg / (04/01) Cialis@20mg -- no real effect (thru 10/2009).
04/01/09, 07/07/09, 10/01/09 PSA <0.1 - Stone Was Oxalate stone -- X-ray no stones.
08/09 - started MUSE@1000mcg ... pump&plump - success (alpro ache).
09/09 @500mcg +pump&plump + 2 advil - success - (less Alpro ache).
10/09 TrimixGel (500/300/100mcg): 1st:60%, 2nd:(pump&plump) 60%, 3rd(added 500mcg muse):70-80% -- (no Alpro aches!) but none @ useful hardness!
Post Edited (JimStars) : 11/2/2009 6:03:49 PM (GMT-7)