Just to chime in a bit with Swim and Idaho:
1. I wouldn't drive much for the first week after surgery as roads are a little bumpy.
It is not just the catheter that is the worry here. There are a lot of sutures in the
pubic cavity that are mending and they need time! (Walking is good. Lifting is bad.)
But some of our physicians leave the catheter in longer and after 7 days I was encouraged
to drive as I felt like it. (I wore the catheter for 21 days. My physician likes to
support the sutures on the urethra with the catheter tube while they heal.
He refers to this as his "superstition," but his team actually have a patent pending
on some secret technique here....)
2. Before surgery I can understand any
diet restrictions. Anesthesiologists will cancel
any major surgery if the patient ignores these rules. After surgery - say two days
if your digestive tract is "working," I don't understand the restrictions.
I've had a lot of major surgeries and the main rule was afterwards to start slow.
During and after any general anesthesia, they watch for anything that can cause
nausea or gas until you're back up to speed. Also, your husband might have other
health reasons for these restrictions (e.g., a history of kidney stones).
3. For the most very important accurate post-surgery biopsy:
THE PROSTRATE MUST BE REMOVED WHOLE! While surgeons that do more surgeries
have more practice and should be better surgeons, this is the danger for rushing
to do so many a day that surgeon makes an unintentional incision in the prostrate.
This makes the pathologists crazy.
I was writing in my journal this morning about
expecting unimagined and inexplicable blessings.
I'm imagining a train-car load of these for you and yours! ;->