Thinking back about getting up and down, one thing I would have liked, if the thought had come to me, would have been a frame around the toilet or bars on the wall to help steady the process of sitting / getting up. It would have been gone after a few weeks, but would have helped. I saw one at a Goodwill store and realized how easy and cheap it would have been to do.
Another "wish I had" was a toilet seat that was U shaped (like public/office facilities) rather than the closed oval that is normal in homes. Trying to deal with the cath tube was problematic.
I read the comments about the recliner and TV and smile a bit about "taking it easy". I had already used my excess "PTO" for the year, and needed to keep a few days for Christmas, so had to work at my PC from the day I got home.
That reminds me of another piece of advice I could offer to those about
to have surgery -- a CANE. I have a lot of arthritis (very significant, in fact), including my knees. So I sometimes use a cane at home if I'm hurting real bad. And I ALWAYS use one to fight the pull of gravity when being seated on the "throne" found in every bathroom.
So I would recommend a cane for prostatectomy patients for both sitting & standing. It was natural for me to take my cane to the motel room when I traveled for my surgery. In fact, it helped a lot for the first few days when I took short walks to get my recovery going.
Resident of Highland, Indiana just outside of Chicago, IL.
July 2011 local PSA lab reading 6.41 (from 4.1 in 2009). Mayo Clinic PSA Sept. 2011 was 5.7.
Local urologist DRE revealed significant BPH, but no lumps.
PCa Dx Aug. 2011 at age of 61.
Biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma in 3 of 20 cores (one 5%, two 20%). T2C.
Gleason score 3+3=6.
CT of abdomen, bone scan both negative.
DaVinci prostatectomy 11/1/11 at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), nerve sparing, age 62.
My surgeon was Dr. Matthew Tollefson, who I highly recommend.
Final pathology shows tumor confined to prostate.
5 lymph nodes, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic soft tissue all negative.
1.0 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm mass involving right posterior inferior,
right posterior apex & left mid posterior prostate.
Right posterior apex margin involved by tumor over a 0.2 cm length, doctor says this is insignificant.
Prostate 98.3 grams, tumor 2 grams. Prostate size 5.0 x 4.7 x 4.5 cm.
Catheter out in 7 days. No incontinence, occasional minor dripping.
Post-op exams 2/13/12, 9/10/12, PSA <0.1.
Semi-firm erections now happening 14 months post-op & slowly getting a bit stronger.