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jwtw
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   Posted 10/15/2006 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
 Does this seem possible? My husband's surgeon told us he will be out of the hospital the day after surgery. This is the only type of surgery that his doctor does and is very experienced.  My husband is 50 and in excellent condition, but we live 4 hours away. Any thoughts from those who have experienced the surgery?? Thanks, Tracey

jeb187chs
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   Posted 10/15/2006 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Tracey,

Yes I had surgery in morning first thing and left right after lunch to go home next day. They have it down to a science. Important things for early release seem to be getting up walking (I was up the night following surgery walking), passing gas (they told me I had to do that to start eating solid food), and slowed discharge from the drainage tube. I didn't feel rushed at all. I was ready to go home and rest away from hospital hub.bub...... hahaha.

My doctor told me the same thing and yes it happens and I am convinced a doctor that does it all the time and is an expert with a lot of experience is the key to a good fast recovery.

Let us know when your husbands surgery is and we'll be sure to be here for you. This is the right place for support, advice, and questions you are afraid to ask. There are no silly questions, just silly heartfelt advice here.

John
Diagnosed Aug. 7, 2006
Age 55
Biopsy 8 of 10 positive
Gleason 8
PSA 16.2
Negative CTscan, bone scan and lung x-ray
Lapro Prostatectomy 9/2/2006


M. Kat
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   Posted 10/16/2006 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
yes, Tracey, my husband was in the hospital for 36 hours (from pre-op to release) and that was for the "open" surgery. I'm not exactly sure what they look for in order to send you home, but Jeff was walking fairly well, passing gas and begging to go home. We live an hour away and Jeff pretty much slept most of the ride home. I would think for 4 hours, your husband will sleep most of that, too.
Husband Jeff 56 years old
diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5
2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1


GreenAcres
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 10/16/2006 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
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


arcafan30
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   Posted 11/12/2006 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Tracey,

Yes I had surgery in afternoon and left right after lunch to go home next day. this is pretty much the norm, besides your husband will get more rest at home then in hospital, no one waking him up every 2 hours to ask how he feels and take his vitals LOL
Rick

Age 46
psa 5.5
gleason 6 (3+3)
ct and bone scan neg
Laparoscopic prostectomy 9-11-06
1st post op psa 0.04
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