Hi, Tracey. We had a five hour drive. Bumpy Interstate and a short-wheel-base SUV. Went in early (6 a.m.) on a Wed. and discharged Thurs. a.m. We checked into a hotel on Tues. and stayed an extra night after discharge. Came home on a Friday and it was still a rough and painful ride. Set up an air mattress with elevated head in the back (so the catheter bag would be lower than the bladder). Took a painkiller and still slept very little on the way home. Glad we waited the extra day, for sure. If you have a smoother-riding vehicle, I'm sure it willl make a huge difference.
If we could have made arrangements to take our dog, I think we would have stayed the entire 8 days (up until catheter removal). On the other hand, we were equally eager to get home to our own bed. And then made the return trip a week later.
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1: 4.2 (doubled in 13 mos.; up to 4.3 on 6/1)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly