Purgatory is correct..here is my experience. Check into hospital 6AM, fill out a few forms, sent to pre-op waiting room, a soft, quiet place, lots of room, couches, free telephones. Nurse comes in calls your name, "Please come with me". Kiss wife good-by..We go into pre-op through a secure door, into a little cubical with a hospital gurney. Nurse says "strip naked, put on this Jonny, put your things in this bag." Leave ALL your valuables and jewelery at home. Bring only your drivers license and a credit card for the co-pay..
Once on the gurney,back raised so you can see what's going on, the pre-op nurse will start an IV and put some leggings on to prevent blood clots. She asks some more pointed questions. Anesthesiologist shows up, introduces himself. Explains exactly what he is going to do. This included telling me about the epidural injections in the back to control post-op pain for 24 hours.. He then said "You will not remember any of this because the sedative I'm going to give you now produces a 20 minute amnesia" He then injected something into my IV and it was LIGHTS OUT...The next thing I remember was waking up in the recovery room, staring at the ceiling lights and feeling pretty crappy..Nurse was right there, playing question and answer games, asking about pain..(I had no pain)..After a while, it was up to my room in the same bed I was in, no moving from one bed to another. My wife was there waiting for me.
I was very thirsty, was allowed to drink water with crushed ice in unlimited amounts. I felt a little nauseous, complained about it, was given a shot in the IV line, nausea went away..Could not even THINK about eating anything, but did manage to sip some chicken bullion, jello..about 10 hours post-op I told the nurse I had been on my back for 12 hours and that I'd like to try standing. She helped me get out of bed and stand. I had a huge burp, felt GREAT to burp...She asked if I felt like walking..Sure I said and off down the hall I went, pushing the IV stand..
The only lasting negative problem from the surgery has been getting my vocal cords and throat back in order. They shove a breathing tube down your throat and pump gas into you for 4 hours and that raises heck with your throat and breathing. The coughing hurts like heck but you must do it to clear your lungs..By day 5 or 6 you will be almost back to normal. I've been walking AT LEAST a 1/2 mile a day since day 2, that helps a LOT getting things moving and working again. Lets you sleep better too..
It's just another "Walk In The Park"..
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE negative. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
PSA at age 58: 4.5
PSA at age 61: 5.2
PSA at age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
PSA at age 65: 8.5, DRE " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
PSA age 66 9.0 DRE "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
PSA at age 67 4.5 DRE "normal"
PSA at age 68 7.0 third biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G6,7, 9
RRP performed Sept 3 2010