Welcome home Pete and wishing you a safe and speedy recovery.
My hubby, CJ stayed in hospital for the duration of the catheter, but I recall the urine staying red for several days and then seemed to clear up on day 5. I felt (from a bystander position) that after day 4 all remaining blood etc should be subsiding and in our experience it did, so that urine was clearer by the beginning of day 5 and normal colour by removal day (7). However there was a "peak" of sorts in colour which freaked me out somewhat on day 4 post op after a substantial walk, and I worried at the time that we had overdone the walk. This was not the case however, and in the end we decided that this may have been the last of the remaining old blood escaping as it settled down and no one else (ward nurses) seemed concerned. However since the main thing is watching for any sort of fresh bleeding, I think it is good to post an enquiry as you have done, and hope others with direct experience can guide further.
We are only 3 weeks out of surgery ourselves, so not too experienced overall at all!
All the very best to you and your loved ones, welcome home once again, and take good care of you.
Best of luck and all fingers and toes crossed and blessed (!) for your post op path report on the 11th.
Kind regards, Lana & CJ
Husband CJ (49 years) diagnosed Dec 2006. In 1 x (5%) core of 12 samples. Other 11 samples were negative. Gleeson 4 + 3 = 7, revised to
3 + 4 = 7 at post op pathology. PSA 3.5. Open Radical Prostatectomy, with nerve sparing microsurgery performed at St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst (Sydney) Australia on Tuesday 17th April 2007. No spread outside prostate in any areas, negative margins including apex and bladder base. Seminal vessicles clear. Tumour extent (size) 0.2cm3. No nerve/lymph involvement. No vascular infiltration seen. Additional tumor not identified at biopsy located near smaller located lesion, picked up post op same general area. Good post op pathology report overall. Catheter out and fully continent on 24th April, 07, and for the following 8 days to now. Not using pads. Next PSA June 07. Going for a ZERO!! Married to Lana (who carries a purseful of pads just in case..) & dad of 7 year old boy, J (written at day 15).