I drove within a few days, catheter and all, no problem. I own a company, which offially makes me an office worker, however, I climb up on overhead cranes, down in manholes, etc. I was on my first crane in about 10 days. Just had to be careful with the catheter bag on my leg.
I think reasonableness is the key word. No heavy lifting, no jumping jacks, etc. Slow and easy, no sudden moves, no real awkward postions, allowing the incisions to heal correctly, and make sure the bladder connection heals well.
My doctor was the kind that basically said, your body will tell you. Many times we have post surgery instructions that have a lot liability protection built in to them.
I think 2 to 3 weeks is very reasonable for typical "office work". Be sure you understand the meaning of incontinence, and what it may mean for you. Pads, depends, clamps, however you may choose to cope with it. I know I really didn't comprehend how it would affect me for 8 months.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic 4/14/09 Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free 6 week PSA <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED. Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10, 9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01