Although I have never had hemmorhoid surgery, I can testify as to the
open RP. I would not call it totally painless, but, what pain I had was very tolerable. A few days of taking it easy with as much walking as you can tolerate comfortably, and you'll be on the road to recovery quickly. The doc will provide you with a narcotic pain reliever. If possible do not use it after you leave the hospital. The narcotic pain pills are constipating.
Speaking of which; One suggestion I have is to be prepared so as to prevent constipation. Avoid this if possible. You do not want to be "bearing down" with those muscles for a few weeks.
Stool softeners are cheap and effective. Do not buy the one that is both a stool softener AND a stimulant. It's to hard to find the sweet spot with it. I made this mistake and seemed to go from constipated to diahrea from one day to the next.
After I realized that the stool softener also had the stimulant, I replaced it with JUST a stool softener. Finding the correct dosage became much easier then. A two month supply is about
$3 at Walmart.
Best of luck to ya
Age 57 at Diagnosis
May, 09 PSA 2.26
June, 10 PSA 3.07 Free PSA 18%
Met with Uro, DRE +
June, 10 Biopsy, 7 of 12 cores, up to 60%, 4+5=9
July 21, 2010 - RRP
tumor contained in capsule, still 4+5=9
perineural invasion extensive
Aug 5, 10 catheter out
Sept 3, 10 PSA - 0.00 (great big whew)
As of 9/3/2010, I'm 99% continent - only occasional stress incontinence !
Post Edited (kbota) : 10/4/2010 6:28:32 PM (GMT-6)