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Timm
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   Posted 3/7/2010 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hey all
Robotic surgery April 14th.
 
I'm sure you have all seen this post before, never been in hospital as a patient, so if you could put up with it one more time, I'd appreciate it.
 
I have the post that English Aff was so kind to supply. I was just wondering about the little things like the stuff you put in a overnite bag, and what about the pants, no elastic, shoes, no flipflops- slippers?
 
Anything.     Thanks guys and wifes who packed all the bags anyway.  Tim

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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
A change of old clothes...you may get blood or urine on them. Toothbrush. A book that you probably won't read. Music. A laptop if you can't be without your email. Most importantly, your wife who will take care of you when the nurses aren't around.

MrGimpy
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   Posted 3/8/2010 3:00 AM (GMT -6)   
slip on shoes are almost mandatory, unless you have someone with you that will tie your shoes, bending over will be a problem
sweatpants (to wear home) are also required as you will leave need the room, no jeans, just wear them there as well, less to carry later
I was there only one night so I never needed anything other than the hospital fatigues
toothbrush and toothpaste

thats about it, you likely will not be there that long (ID and ins cards of course)

Leave the watch at home, no need to worry about where that ends up
Stats:
Age: 52, PSA (2008)=1.9
Biopsy on 01/09/09, Gleason Score = 3+3
One (1) out of twelve (12) cores was positive, plus external nodule found
Surgery (Da Vinci, robotic prostatectomy): 4/7/09
Post Op Path 3+3
Removed Catheter: 04/19/09
100% bladder control - Pad free 7/09
PSA 7/09 undetectable, <0.01 - 3 months post-op
PSA 1/10 undetectable, <0.01 - 9 months post-op
Trimix provides 100% erectile function


Sephie
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
You'll need very little in the hospital...some clean drawers and socks (our surgeon strongly recommended briefs rather than boxers for a while since they provide better support to the "boys"). We bought a pair of sweatpants one size larger to accommodate the catheter. A sweater and sneakers, and that was it.

Nurse made John take off his wedding band before surgery so I had that (actually wore it over my band) along with his wallet and keys. John had a book but really didn't read; I got TV for him in his room but he didn't really watch anything. The first 12 hours you're pretty much sleeping off the drugs, then the next day you're up and walking (wonder how many miles we put in going up and down the hospital hallway!).
Husband diagnosed in 2/2008 at age 57 with stage T1c. Robotic surgery performed 3/2008. Stage upgraded to T3a (solitary focus of extraprostatic extension). Perineural tumor infiltration present. Apex margin, bladder neck and SVs negative. Final Gleason 3+4. PSA: 0.0 til July 2009. August 2009- 0.1, September 0.3, October back to 0.0, December 0.0. Thank you God!


Sleepless09
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I had sweatpants and a sweat shirt and was very glad to have both. I agree on the briefs. If you buy 36 I'd suggest 38. Last thing you want is the elastic around your waist too tight. Slip on shoes, an excellent idea. I took a small, non-fiction, paperback book on a subject that interested me and was easy to read. Sephie's comment on 12 hours being drugged and 12 hours walking (for da Vinci) before being sent home is on-the-money from my experience. I was either asleep, or busy showering, walking, going down to the shops on the main floor for coffee, or having the nurse change dressings, learning to change bags, or ..... who knows? Time flew.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02  
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
Feel free to email me at:  sheldonprostate@yahoo.com    


Magicianatx
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I took my blackberry which gave me access to friends and family and also access to the internet and email and games. Left my watch and wallet home, only took insurance card and drivers license. I prefer loose fitting hiking pants made of microfiber, very easy to slip on and off, and they dry very quickly. Medical staff were great, very attentive and had a large private room, which provided plenty of much needed quiet time with minimal interruptions. Best of luck.
Diagnosed: June 2009
Age: 54
PSA: 8.0
Gleason: 3+3
Surgery, open Prostate: Jan. 4, 2009


142
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   Posted 3/8/2010 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I was leaking too much around the catheter from bladder spasms to use normal shorts, so got some of the depends "adjustable" (i.e. they split with velcro-like closures on the sides) pants to stem the tide on the way home.

Didn't want to be changing bags (the nurses convinced me it wasn't the best idea), so I took a pair of loose drawstring pants, and split the seam on the side at the knee long enough to slide the bag through.

I took way too much, and then had to carry that plus all the extra stuff they gave me home. What did I use?
- Blackberry, BB charger, wired headphone (the bluetooth didn't get along with all the electronics in the room).
- Full Slippers. NOT flipflops or loose houseshoes - when you are trying to get stable enough to walk, you don't want to trip & fall on a loose shoe.
- Basic toilet articles for the shower (soap, shampoo in a small bottle).
- a book - read maybe 50 pages.
- notebook & pen for notes.
- any medication you have to take regularly (stool softeners, sinus stuff, blood pressure meds, etc.) If they give them to you from the hosp. pharmacy, they will cost a fortune. They will likely take the bottles away and send back the prescribed amounts, then give you the bottles back before you leave.
- Cane to keep in the vehicle - I have a folding one - you may find it hard to get in and out of your vehicle, so just leave it in the car for the trip home.
- Some underpads to put on the seat of the car, you may leak. The hosp. might give you some if they charged you for a pack.
- Bathrobe to wear walking around - those hosp. gowns just aren't for "out and about" (I was in for several days).

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Purgatory
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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm, hospital policy where I stayed 4 days forbid supplying any of my regular prescription drugs, none were allowed, all had to come from their own pharmacy and charged out of course.
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days


Purgatory
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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
P.S> Don't pre-shave any surgical area ahead of time, that is usually a big no no with hospitals if they haven't told you that already
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days


142
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   Posted 3/8/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My pre-admission papers specified that I bring the medications (different from what I have seen in other situations). They didn't offer any discussion of their reasoning.

They had three scheduled preliminary activities - an optional evening "get acquainted" where some of the staff members from the different areas introduced themselves and gave various tours of the facility (depending on why you were there). Next, a pre-op visit for x-rays, blood work, lots of paperwork, signatures, co-pay arrangements, etc.
The night before I was to report, the doctors called to be sure I didn't have a cold, flu, etc.
Then off to meet DaVinci the next morning.

Timm
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   Posted 3/8/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys
 
 Do I need a bathrobe? Do they want dentures removed?  Thanks  Tim

142
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   Posted 3/8/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I took a light weight bathrobe (dark color - you will leak) just in case - just as well - they did not provide one, and walking the halls in an open back hospital gown with a catheter tube hanging between my legs did not seem to be the ultimate in modesty. I can't say I cared much with the meds, but in 'hindsight' it would have been ugly. They might have located a robe if I had started down the hall like that - ??
I had taken loose pajama pants, but they were useless with the big catheter bag.

Can't speak to dentures, but you will likely be intubated (breathing tube), so I would expect they have to be removed -

MrGimpy
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   Posted 3/8/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Can one bring their own recreational drugs ?
Stats:
Age: 52, PSA (2008)=1.9
Biopsy on 01/09/09, Gleason Score = 3+3
One (1) out of twelve (12) cores was positive, plus external nodule found
Surgery (Da Vinci, robotic prostatectomy): 4/7/09
Post Op Path 3+3
Removed Catheter: 04/19/09
100% bladder control - Pad free 7/09
PSA 7/09 undetectable, <0.01 - 3 months post-op
PSA 1/10 undetectable, <0.01 - 9 months post-op
Trimix provides 100% erectile function


Magicianatx
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   Posted 3/8/2010 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I also took a robe and wore it over the hospital gown while walking/exercising in the hospital hallways. If I remember correctly, I only took meds dispensed by the hospital pharmacy including my daily meds prior to the surgery. It seems the hospital asks you to bring your meds to ensure they identify the correct drugs and dosage, instead of relying on a patient's memory. For going home I switched from the large cath bag to a smaller leg cath bag that fitted under my loose fitting hiking pants. Once at home, I went back to the large urine bag and kept using it until 16 days later when I changed to the smaller cath bag and went back to the Urologist to have the cath removed. One convenient item for home is a toilet seat attachement that raises the toilet seat about 5 inches higher.
Diagnosed: June 2009
Age: 54
PSA: 8.0
Gleason: 3+3
Surgery, open Prostate: Jan. 4, 2009


bemis
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   Posted 3/8/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Tim you might get an inflatible donut for the ride home.I didn't get one until 2 weeks and it really helped I just quit sitting on it last friday at 6 weeks DICK
age 55 /psa 10-09 5.4/biopsy 11-09 Gleson 3+3=6 3+4=7/ Radical prostateectomy 1/22/10/pathology positive margins and extraprostatic extension pY3a


keysailfisher
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   Posted 3/8/2010 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
The donut cushion is a good idea. I preferred the foam donut in the oval shape the best.
 
Neal
 
age 45
psa 3.09
Biopsy results 12/9
Left side base 3+3=6 21% 2/2 cores positive
Left side mid  3+3=6 100% 2/2 cores positive
Left side apex 3+4=7 88% 2/2 cores positive
Right side - 0/6
CT & Bone scan negative
Davinci Feb. 5th 2010/ cath removal 2/16
 
Gleason-3+4=7
Extent of tumor-Bilateral
Extraprostatic Extension-Absent
Seminal Vesicles-Negative for tumor
Surgical Margins-Rt apical margin focally positive
lymphovascular invasion-Suspicious in areas of capsular involvement
Regional lymph nodes-One node negative
Stage-T2c NO Mx
Incontinence-yes


Worried Guy
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   Posted 3/8/2010 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Timm,
I had Robotic and was in and out of the hospital in 25 hours. I wore sweatpants. They supplied everything else, including the slipper socks. Don't bring a lap top or anything else you will worry about. Skip the jewelry. You don't need it.
You get there in the morning, get prepped, and have the surgery. Then you sleep and wake up, watch TV a bit , go for a walk wit the attendant eat a few times and then get discharged. You will have plenty of time to send emails to your friends when you are home. If you need to read, grab some free magazines. Read ones you don't normally read. You'll learn something new.
Just enjoy the hospital stay while you can. Hopefully you won't be back.
Jeff
Married 34 years, DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8, 09: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis. May '09 PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, 20%-70%, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone and C/T scans neg.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7, Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm, location: both lobes and apex.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next See Uro 1/22/10 Trimix #1. Try 0.08- 25%, 0.12-25%, 2/26/10 try 0.16 First Success! 90%.
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (Try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
12/11 5 months: Still 3 pads per day. 400-450ml/day
2/26/10 7 months: Still 3 pads but leak is now 320 ml (5 day avg.)
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04, 1/14 6 months - 0.05.


Timm
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   Posted 3/9/2010 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys
 
  Loose pants, tooth brush, robe, less is better and enjoy the meds. LOL.
 
  Will be back with more, already asked questions.   Thanks again Tim

English Alf
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   Posted 3/9/2010 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
My older posts are still clearly being useful, but using hindsight if I had to do it again I'd take as little as possible:
Headphones and MP3 player
Electric Toothbrush and paste
Fruit juice in little cartons with straws
Reading glasses.
Chocolate
Two towels for the journey home, one to sit on and one to fold up into a perfect shape to clutch to my abdomen. (A cushion is a fixed shape)
Loose clothes. T-shirt, shorts etc (depends of time of year/weather, my op was in July)
Slip-on shoes
Paper tissues
notebook and pencil
ID insurance card etc
My sense of humour
A smile or two

I'd let my wife take:
cell-phone
camera
book
magazine
snacks
a pack of cards
copies of medical notes
hand cleaner
patience
a smile or two

If you are used to driving and used to sitting in the driving seat, then don't sit in the front passenger seat on the way home, sit instead in the back behind the driver, (unless it's a 2-door coupé of course!) you will find it easier to get in and out of the car because your body will be used to bending and turning that way, and the safetybelt will feel more comfortable. I got a friend to give me a lift home so my wife could sit in the back with me: he dealt with the driving and she dealt with me.

Jeff put it very well. If you are only in for a short stay you are almost home before you need anything.

Alfred

Worried Guy
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   Posted 3/9/2010 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
For the ride home we had a plastic absorbent pad on the seat and two folded towels placed so I could put one under each butt cheek. It took the pressure off. I
took home all the hospital goodies - slippers, tissues, basin, urinal - very handy. I still keep the urinal in my car for emergencies. I use an old one from a previous surgery to fill my bird feeders.
For a 24 hour stay- less is more.
Jeff
Married 34 years, DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8, 09: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis. May '09 PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, 20%-70%, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone and C/T scans neg.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7, Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm, location: both lobes and apex.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next See Uro 1/22/10 Trimix #1. Try 0.08- 25%, 0.12-25%, 2/26/10 try 0.16 First Success! 90%.
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (Try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
12/11 5 months: Still 3 pads per day. 400-450ml/day
2/26/10 7 months: Still 3 pads but leak is now 320 ml (5 day avg.)
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04, 1/14 6 months - 0.05.


Sephie
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   Posted 3/9/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
All removable dental devices (dentures, etc.) are removed prior to surgery - big no-no as you might choke on it (them).

When I brought John home, I grabbed a soft pillow from our sofa and put it in the car - he found the drive home more comfortable when sitting on it.

Purgatory is right about shaving yourself before hand - don't do it. John asked about that (oddly enough) and was told to not shave anything except his face. They shaved his entire stomach area prior to surgery.

Don't remember what our hospital's rule was about prescription meds so can't answer that one. The instructions you get from the hospital should provide that information as it would seem that each hospital has different rules.

Timm, you will have those wonderful pressure stockings on your legs after surgery to help prevent blood clots. And, of course, you'll be on a liquid diet - hope you like broth, jello and tea!
Husband diagnosed in 2/2008 at age 57 with stage T1c. Robotic surgery performed 3/2008. Stage upgraded to T3a (solitary focus of extraprostatic extension). Perineural tumor infiltration present. Apex margin, bladder neck and SVs negative. Final Gleason 3+4. PSA: 0.0 til July 2009. August 2009- 0.1, September 0.3, October back to 0.0, December 0.0. Thank you God!


Herophilus
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   Posted 3/9/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Don’t allow anybody to give you a cell phone to make calls on until at least 5 hours after surgery as you may be drunk dialing and not realize it.  My eyes wouldn’t work quite right in the immediate post-operative period (lots of swelling from standing on my head during surgery) and I enjoyed listening to an audio book that my wife was smart enough to bring along.  She had checked several books out of the local library and brought one of the kids CD thing.
I was on the 17th floor and really wished that I had a pair of field glasses to look out over the city with.  Not being a city type guy I was amazed at all the stuff going on.  And believe it or not the bird population was notable also.
Best of luck to you.
Hero
Age 51, PSA 08/31/2009= 6.8, DRE Neg.
Biopsy 9/24/09 =10 of 12 positive. Gleason 6. involving up to 75%
da Vinci at Wash U, Barnes on 11/02/09
Modified Pathology, Gleason 4 + 3 = 7. Gleason 7 present throughout Prostate.  Negative surgical margins
4 of 4 periprostatic Lymph Nodes Negative, 10 of 10 pelvic Lymph Nodes Negative. Seminal Vesicles tumor free. No prostate extension
Post-op PSA 12/10/2009, Undetectable
12/12/2009, Pad Free and Started jogging.


dogyluver
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   Posted 3/9/2010 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Get several pairs of hip-hop pants they either zip of button all the way on the outer side of both legs.
These are a must since you'll most likely leave with a catheter. Even with a catheter you will be able to take walks outside. You will also need socks, and non skid slippers, pads, and depending on how far you are from the hospital and I hate to say this possibly diapers. If you have a catheter for awhile most are usually in for about 2 weeks. that way you can get dressed. I would also recommend and mp3 player with your favorite music. You can purchase rather cheap. Also need basic shaving items, if you have a favorite soap or shampoo. Get either some books light reading, cross word puzzles. For home get chucks and plenty of them, pads, soup, have some light meals prepared ahead of time.You will need surgilube for the tip of your penis at the urethra it can become very sore when the catheter is in place, also alcohol wipes also for cleaning the catheter, vinigar for rinsing the foley bag. Rubber gloves and a hand sanitizer. This is something most nurses should know but it is not always practiced so also inform your wife the on the tube of the catheter there is a clamp this is to clamp off when emptying the foley bag. It prevents back flow of urine. The way that this is done hold the tube down so that as much urine is out of the tubing as possible then clamp it off or pinch it. This will prevent help bladder spasms. Also get some tucks they can be soothing as the rectal area can become quite sore. Also have bags of ice on hand the scrotum get become swollen. Ask the nurses to supply plenty of bandages and tape, also shave your legs please do, my husbands nursed taped the catheter to his thigh and he didn't even think to do this. It hurt changing the bags or if they decided to change legs.
If they don't tape it ask them to, it prevents pulling and tugging.
Good Luck I hope this helps.
April 09 PSA 3.2
May 09 DRE enlarged prostate
July 09 PSA 5.2
July 09 Biopsy 5 out of 12 malignant
Gleason score: Primary 3, Seconary 4 Total 7
August 24, 2009
Radical Open Prostatectomy Andocarcinoma of the prostate
% of 4 and/or 5: 1-25%
% of 3    76-90%
Androgen deprivation effect: Negative
Apical involvement: Positive
Apical marginal involvement: Negative
Extraprostatic extension (EPE): Negative
Margin: Negative
Bladder Neck Shave: Negative
 
Areas of involvement: Right and Left lateral, posterolateral and posterior and left anterior apex and mid prostate
Principle area of involvement: Right and left lateral, posterolateral and posterior apex and mid prostate
Focality: Multifocal
Volume: Medium(100 Sq mm)
Ejaculatory Duct: Negative
Seminal vesicles involvment (SVI): Negative
Vas deferens N/A
High Grade PIN: Positive
Neuroendocrine differentiation: Negative
 
Pathologic Stage: pT2c NO MX


Timm
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   Posted 3/10/2010 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
How long does the liquid diet go on?  Tim

English Alf
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   Posted 3/10/2010 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I was never on a liquid diet.
I had a meal of chicken and rice followed by fruit salad at about seven thirty on the evening after I had had surgery and I only came round at about 4pm.
I did not manage a BM the day after surgery, but manged one the next day.

BMs always pretty regular with me. I guess I must have been eating the right things before the op as well as after.

All I did after the op that was different was to drink more, so it was not liquids instead of solids, but simply more liquids. (also more liquid in the shape of fresh fruit like strawberries, grapes etc)

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