I had my date with the robot one year ago tomorrow - (hey its my anniversary - I wonder is she remembers)
It was my first surgery of any kind and my first time being knocked out - I was full of anxiety to the point where I couldnt sleep. Everyone told
me the operation was no big deal (just like we are telling you) but I thought thats them not me.
When I posted about my anxiety on this forum about ten days before surgery, people here suggested that I ask for some kind of anxiety meds to take the edge off. I called my surgeon and the PA prescribed something (xanax ??) that I took immediately that evening. I woke up the next morning having slept well and the anxiety gone.
The operation itself was really a piece of cake. I remember being wheeled into the operating room, sliding over to the operating table , being told to breathe into a mask and then waking up very refreshed, looking around groggily wondering if they had started the operation , and then reaching down and finding the catheter in place and realizing that the operation was over.
I'm sure I was very medicated the first day but I really felt nothing. Other than being a little weak and sluggish I felt okay when I left the hospital 20 hours after the surgery was completed.
I was given pain pills for home and took them the first couple days just to be sure that I stayed ahead of the pain as opposed to actually feeling much pain. I did have a couple bouts of extreme gas pain but found that walking was helpful in relieving that.
The catheter is an annoyance than painful. Got to keep it properly secured , empty the day bag often, and dont forget to close the bottom drain on the day bag after you drain it. The night bag is bigger and should allow you to sleep all night without changing it. It seemed that once I got the hang of it all , it was time to say goodbye to it.
Once the catheter was removed, it was time to deal with the reality of incontinence and ED. In my case, they were bad at first (but not nearly as bad as I expected) and greatly improved in a relatively short period of time. I was nearly dry within three months and except for occassional drips or when doing sit up, I am dry. ED is not much of an issue - things arent like they were but not nearly as bad I expected at this point.
As others will tell you, being comfortable with your decision and surgeon is very important. Hopefully, you've researched your options in terms of treatment and surgeon and picked the treatment that you feel works best for you and an experienced surgeon that you are comfortable with.
This is a great forum with caring people who are here to help you. Please dont hesitate to ask questions