Curt & Vicky,
All the above is great advice... I only remember being wheeled into the operating room and then waking up in the recovery room. Avis always wanted to be by my bedside, and I really had to talk her into going to the cafeteria and getting something to eat. As we were 40 miles away from home, we had also rented a room in a hotel attached to the hospital for two nights.. the night before the operation and the second nite so Avis would have a quiet place to sleep. I sent her to the room around 10pm. Vicky, take good care of yourself in both eating and sleeping to stay healthy and alert
... as that will enable you to give the best support you can to Curt!
I was pretty awake the nite after the operation, with all the hospital noises from the hall and somebody across the hall having a tough time coughing all night. The 2am nurse partially shut the room door and then I got some good sleep. I would have asked this earlier if I knew it could be done. I also lucked out by being the only person in a double room. I also never read any of the books I brought. In and out so fast, I never had time too!
We had a 6:30 pre-surgery chenk-in, operation started at 8:30-8:40, recovery room at 11:10am. I had got up and walked around at 7pm and 11pm the night after the operation and again at 8am the next day. Doctor's assistants came by at aropund 7am and the doctor at 8am to check in on how I was doing. We were discharged at 11:30am and drove home.
Make sure you get some good directions and training from the nurses on the catheter bag... How to support/fasten, how much fluids you should be passing, what problems to watch out for. They had a "catheter instruction sheet" for checkout, and we just added our other notes and answers to our questions to it so it was all in one place. They should give you a leg bag and "big" bag for night. I never did like the leg bag and used the big bag all the time. I would near fill a 2 liter big bag over a long night, so we bought a 4 liter bag ($12) at a pharmacy for uninterupted sleep. We also bought some velcro style straps that minimized the taping we had to do/redo. And lubrication for the end of the penis as the catheter will move in/out a little while walking.
As mentioned above, it is good to get your go home prescript
ions early... pain killer and stool softeners... I had Percoset (sp) which was tylenol and oxy-codeine (sp?) for pain and Ducoset (sp?) for stool softener (while taking narcotic pain killers)... I switched to plain Tylenol after 3-4 days home.
And it is handy to have a small pillow around to hold tightly against your stomach in case you need to sneeze, cough, or laugh!!!
Take care and wishing you the best...
Ray & Avis
Age 59 y/o
Last 3-4 years of annual general health checkups - PSA 5-6 but Free PSA Ratio 21-24%, suggesting "benign" so I did not seek immediate followup urologist referral
3/7/2007 - Went to urologist -No DRE abnormalities but scheduled screening biopsy
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left OK Right Core Gleason 3+3
Consisting of single less than 1mm focus at tip of 1 core. Diagnosed as T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Got copy of pathology report:
Gleason 6 T2c Nx Mx approx 20% of prostate involved
Positive margin, but 2 places where a focal point of only 2 cells were touching edge, the right apex and right posterior. Perineural Invasion present. Seminal Vesicle and Lymphatic/Vascular not identified. Doctor was not concerned about that at all and Final Diognosis of T2c "suggests" organ confined. Stats for no re-occurance are 96% for 5 years and 95% for 7 years. No further treatment other than PSA watch.