It takes about two weeks to get back to work. There is the basic recovery from surgery and the catheter perios which is close to 2 weeks. I went back after the catheter was out and kept a good supply of pads in my briefcase, in my jacket pockets and in my pants. I never passed by a mens room w/o stopping to pee and check out the plumbing. At first it was about 5 pads/day, then I noticed it was 3 etc. After a week or 2, you get used to it. A personal story: I work around alot of women at my law office and I recall talking to them at various times being ULTRA sensitive about my condition. I also teach at the University and was in front of my class with pads. It never showed. You can start with larger highly absorbant pads and you will end with "mini-pads" if all goes according to statistics. Over all I was dry in 3 months.
The recipe- brief style underwear and pads. I used womans pads cut in half. There is no need for long pads that ride your bottom since we are built differently that women.
Age 55, two teens, very fit cyclist (avg 2000+ miles per year) and weight, diet, etc. consistent with good habits. Stressful job as attorney; very supporting wife who is helping me through every stage of this war.
2006 PSA - 1.5
2007 PSA - 2.3
2008 PSA - 5.3 (18 mos.)
2009 Jan. 20 - Biopsy 12 samples
Feb 3 Dx 2/12 samples positive, low volume (5% and 7-10%)
Gleason 3+4, later downgraded by second opinion at Johns-Hopkins to 3+3, but "it's still PCa" as my Doc said.
Laproscopic surgery April 9, University of KY Medical Center, Lexington, 3 days in hospital, catheter removal April 21.
Pathology: clear margins, no cancer in prostate: told that this is very rare and Doc has only seen it in 3 out of over 1400 cases; I rearched the concept of "vanishing cancer" and found a tumor classification of tP0 and asked Doc if it applied to me. He said that it was unlikely because if a pathologist had done a much more detailed analysis of the tissue, he would likely find more foci somewhere, and biopsy found "needle in the haystack as opposed to the tip of the iceberg"; Nevertheless, it is a blessing;
Regardless of the science, my family says "miracle."
Now working w/ post-surgery issues....