Hello Serenity, my wife bought me some sweat pants / workout pants that were very comfortable. She got them a size to big and hemmed the leg. My brother went through this procedure a couple months before I did and this was his advice. He said he wore sweats for the first 4 weeks post surgery as he was not comfortable wearing jeans or regular pants. Me, I wore the sweats for 1 week post surgery and was back to wearing jeans (not tight jeans) and regular pants. I had some roller coaster days after the first week where I'd go from being great and up and about
one day and the next I'd just stay home and wear sweats.
The thing about
the robotic surgery is that there was virtually no pain. I'm talking almost a pain level of zero once the gas passed after the first couple days. The gas buildup in the abdomen was very uncomfortable right before it passed. I ended up using milk of magnesia as recommended by the doctor and within hours it began to work and the gas pain was gone completely within 12 hours of that.
Back to the pain level, as I said, it was literally 1-3 on a scale of 1 - 10 within hours of surgery and within a couple days it was zero. The problem with this is that there's no physical feedback from your body telling you're overdoing it. 10 days after surgery I was feeling great and did a lot of errands, had lunch with a friend, made dinner for the family, and went out that evening to meet friends for a beer. The end of the day there was some minor bleeding after urinating. This is the body's way of telling you that you did to much. Drinking a large glass of water helped to flush it out and stopped the bleeding. The next day I was tired and just took it easy.
I've broken many bones over the years due to sports related injuries and all of those injuries gave you feedback in the form of pain when you tried to do something your body wasn't ready for. This procedure is not like that so make sure that even when he thinks he's not overdoing it that he's coming back at a reasonable pace. Also make sure he's walking at least every hour the first week or two. I started walking 2 - 3 miles every day within 2 weeks and that really helped too.
The other thing that helped me was that about
3 weeks post surgery I developed perineal pain and I started taking 1 aleve every 12 hours along with two tylenol and this knocked it out and kept it under control. Have him check with his doctor of course to make sure this is something he or she recommends based on him as I'm not a doctor.
Lastly, the one thing I can't stress enough is to make sure he understands what could await him post surgery. Specifically, continence and ED issues. Some of the lucky ones came through this procedure without either issues. Yes, I'm very jealous. However, the one thing that knocked me down most was the sudden onset of ED when I never had a single issue. That includes never having been told "that's ok, it happens to everyone". For me it was like they flipped a switch off during the procedure and I was not ready for that psychologically. People also told me to expect there could be some leakage and until it happens you have no idea what that's like or how it will affect you mentally. I thought it meant a drop here and a drop there. For me I only used 1 to 2 pads per day and never "let go" but there'd be times when walking when there was a "squirt" and it was very unsettling.
I hope your husband is one of the lucky ones that comes through with no post-op symptoms but if he has them you can be pretty sure someone on this forum has had them too and can help.
Best wishes to you both.
Post Edited (BillD) : 4/12/2013 6:47:21 AM (GMT-6)