I too was worried and didn't know if I would handle the anesthesia, because I'd never had any surgeries before other than tonsils with ether around 50 years ago.
Be careful not to overdo it at first. You shouldn't lift anything over a kg or 2, and definitely no Kegels 'til the catheter is out for a couple of days. And, as my doc's nurse said nothing sexual for 6 weeks or so. The deal is that you don't want to cause any strain on the sewn junction of the newly freed end of the urethra and the bladder neck (imagine sewing a macaroni to a balloon neck). However, walking seems to be good - - my doc told me to walk a mile a day with the catheter, and 3 miles a day afterwards.
The best to you as you recover.
PSA (10/04): 2.9; PSA (2/06):4.4, on Androgel (serum T about 450) at age 56; negative DRE, no symptoms.
PSA (5/06):5.7 with a free PSA% of 8, OFF Androgel (serum T 163).
Biopsy (5/06): 4/12 samples positive; postitive samples only on right side; max Gleason 4+3=7 (in 2 of the 4 -from area nearest bladder.
DaVinci robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy + bladder lift + Right nerve plastic surgery (8/23/06).
Catheter out 4 weeks postop, due to internal pinhole leak at bladder-urethra junction.
Final pathology report:T2c-both sides,but in capsule; neg. margins, neg. lymph nodes, neg. seminal vesicles; final max Gleason still 4+3=7.
Follow-up PSA (11/06): <0.008; serum T: 195 OFF Androgel (at present).