Welcome Serenity and husband,
First off, he will do great Monday. You will both go to pre-op to get him ready! They will give him the happy juice and he won't feel a thing until it is over. You are going to have the hard part.
Be sure your cell phone is charged, the surgeon will be calling you to tell you how it went, wear comfortable clothes because you will be in them all day.
First - My wife and I set up a Caring Bridge account, it's free Google "Caring Bridge". With that, you can use a smartphone or Ipad and keep family, loved ones and co-workers in the loop as his days are progressing. You won't have to call 6 people and tell them all the same story. I posted pictures and kept a journal of how I was doing the first week. Your family can post messages back to you and your husband
Second - as was said before, loose fitting pants. The Da Vinci camera goes in and the prostate comes out an incision just above the navel. I had a hard time wearing pants that were tight around the waist for the first couple of weeks. I bought some cheap cargo ones at Old Navy that tied, about
Third - I also bought the basketball type pants that snapped up the sides so the catheter could snake out the pants. My doctor gave me a canvas bag which I put the large catheter in whenever I was walking. I NEVER used the leg bag. A lot less emptying.
Fourth - Antibiotic soap to wash his hands after emptying the cath. You don't want him to get a Urinary Tract Infection. I got a UTI 2-3 months later and it HURT.
Fifth - the last thing I bought 2 days before surgery was one of those medical blow up donuts at Walmart. It was in the aisle by the canes near the pharmacy. A couple of days after surgery I had a hard time getting comfortable while sitting due to swelling. (I'll let you figure out what swells down there). Boy, was I glad I threw that in the grocery cart. I put it down then a pillow on top of it so I could sit on it to watch TV.
Well, if you get everthing we told you, you'll need a trunk to take with you to the hospital. They may need a bed for you! By the way, our hospital allowed my wife, in fact encouraged her to stay overnight in the room with me. They had a love seat that converted into a twin bed for her.
Best of luck to Both of you Monday!
I hope you have done your taxes already, they are due Monday!
Bill from Florida
Age 62 now, 61 at time of surgery
Feb. 2012 - PSA 18.5 Biopsy 4/27/12
Positive 10 of 12 cores, Gleason 6
DaVinci Surgery 07/17/12 Dr. Vipul Patel, Celebration Health, FL, cath removed in 6 days, positive. margins,
Gleason 3+4=7, involving 50% of gland, weight 57 g. Stage pT3a Lymph node involvement: 0/4
1st post op PSA 8/30/12 <0.1
2nd PSA 12/12/12 <0.1 3rd PSA 4/3/13 <0.1
Post Edited (Big Mac) : 4/12/2013 12:57:34 PM (GMT-6)