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   Posted 6/4/2010 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
has anyone traveled 2 or more hours by car after a prostatectomy (robotic). Just wondering how difficult it is, also will be traveling back for cath. removal. Was also considering going by train.

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   Posted 6/4/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I travelled from Nashville to my home near Chattanooga Tn about a 2.5 hour car drive the day after surgery. My wife drove. I was in 'happy land' from the meds. We did stop about 1/2 way and it was good to get out of the car and take a very short walk and set in the fresh air for about 15 minutes while we had some icecream and water.

By the time you get the cath out you will be doing great. I had mine removed by the local urologist to avoid the trip.

Age 55 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Final Path report:
20% of the prostate Involved
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
First post Surgery PSA - 0
Six month PSA - 0

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   Posted 6/4/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you. our local guy does not want to deal with others work so I will need to go back, sounds like it won't be too much trouble.

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   Posted 6/4/2010 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
freinds said...
has anyone traveled 2 or more hours by car after a prostatectomy (robotic). Just wondering how difficult it is, also will be traveling back for cath. removal. Was also considering going by train.
Hi, and welcome freinds (friends?),
Yes, I live about 2-hours drive away from my doctor's office/hospital.  Not a problem returning for catheter removal (nor was it a problem driving home after surgery).  Just the usual discomfort.  Driving home after the catheter was great!  I had the new experience of leaking into a Depends pad, but that was much better than having the catheter!  Good luck to you...

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 6/4/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Riding/driving with the cath in can be less then fun if you hit a bump...

My surgeon didn't want me driving with the cath in for some reason..But I ended up having it in for five weeks so I drove as usual.

I drove my dad to the airport 2 days after surgery with no issues.


Age 55   - 5'11"   215lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
11/20/09 - 18 Month PSA -> less then .01
05/18/10 - 24 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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   Posted 6/4/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Being the driver with the cath in can put you at risk - if you are still taking any pain meds you could (read possibly, depending on local laws) be hit with a DUI if you were to have an accident or be stopped. My doc "advised" me not to drive, as under state law he has to report me as unable to drive to DMV, and getting stopped would be ugly.

Fortunately I had friends and neighbors who took me to the store.

The real motivation to have you not drive is emergency stops. If you were to have to lock the brakes for a near accident, your stitches could tear out, and back to the hosp.

English Alf
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   Posted 6/5/2010 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum

Check what your uro says about driving.
I was driven home after surgery by a friend. Issues with bumpy roads (I live in a cobbled street with traffic humps)
Safety belt was not wonderful either.
Held a cushion against my abdomen the whole trip.
I sat in the back of the friends car with my wife next to me in case I had any problems.
That car journey was about an hour.

I went back to the hospital by train to get the catheter removed. No bother .
I came home after removal by train too. I was able to pee on the train and otherwise just leaked a bit in the pad.
Train trip is about 75 minutes each way
I have been going to all my RT sessions by train too ( just had 28 of 33)

As for driving yourself. If I rememebr it correctly, then someone posted here a while back about how they had tried to drive down their street just after surgery and how they found everythuing hurt too much to be able to exert enough pressure on the brake pedal, and that they only avpided a crash as a neighbour came to the rescue to stop the car.

(By comparison my sister was told not to drive for 6 months after her hysterectomy!)

Maybe just practice driving in and out of the garage to start with and have someone in the car with you.

Age at Dx 48 No Family history of Prostate Cancer
Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.
April 2009: PSA 8.6 DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.
RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.
Partial erections on while catheter still in. Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009.
Dry at night after catheter came out
Post-op Gleason 3+4. Tumour mainly in left near neck of bladder.
Left Seminal Vesicle invaded, (=T3b!)
no perineraul invasion, no vascular invasion. clear margins,
Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009, but lots of leaking of urine
Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009
Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc. but...
Nov 17th 2009 PSA = 0.1
Can still get erections okay, and almost no leaking of urine, but since December 2009 I don't have orgasms, instead I just have intense pain in place where prostate used to be.
Mar 17th 2010 PSA = 0.4!!! referred to radiation therapist
April 13th 2010 CT scan.
April 28th 2010 Started Radiation Therapy (66Gy - 33 sessions)

Post Edited (English Alf) : 6/5/2010 1:10:38 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/5/2010 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   



I would do what your Dr. tells you about driving.  Meds are a problem while driving.  My Dr. told me the worst part of this whole thing would be the trip home.  I had to travel 3hrs to get there.  My wife did the driving and we stopped every hour to get out and walk a little bit.  The trip was not too bad except my wife ran off the curb leaving our hotel.  They was not too good.  I didn't drive until my cath was removed.  After that I had to be aware of getting too tired.  Most of the time had the wife with me and a couple of times she had to take over because I was just too tired.

Take care of yourself and things well get better for you.



age at dx 54 now 57
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
ED is getting better
the shots work great, still can't give them to myself
two years of zero's
Retired again after 36 years February 1, 2010

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