Aug 16, 2009 - 2:39 pm
I'm on day 9, and looking forward to catherer removal in two more days. I'm also a little bit nervous because, as annoying as it is to be tethered to this bag, I wonder if leaking and pads will be worse. I'll also be getting my pathology report, so am a little worried what that will say. I went in with a gleason 3+4 and a 5.7 PSA, so that's not so bad, but one thing I've learned with this disease is that statistics go out the window when dealing with ourselves as individuals.
I've appreciated learning from others as to what to expect; that has helped me tremendously through the healing process. I had little or no pain post-op, but the da vinci incisions are still very sore if I cough or go to sleep in certain positions. I also learned some minor things that I don't recall having read about so, for others who are going into surgery, you might be interested in these details.
One problem was the itchy sore skin in my crotch that developed a few days after the surgery. I made the mistake of scratching at night, which felt good but made the skin even more itchy and sore the next day. So I got some of the baby cream they use for baby diaper rash and apply it liberally once/twice per day and that really helps. Just don't get it on the catherer tube because you want to keep that dry. I also use neosporin ointment with pain relief a couple of times a day where the catherer tube goes into the urethra and that keeps that area well healed and pain free.
Keeping the catherer tube attached to the leg when walking around is a problem, and the velcro they give you is useless. I gave up on the day bag and just use the night bag all the time, and tape the tube to my leg with some 3M medical tape, then put a large velcro strap over the tape. That works pretty well, but you might want to shave your leg area to keep the hairs from sticking to the tape when you pull it off. Come to think of it, pulling the tape off the first time was more painful than anything I felt after the robot :-)
Coughing is painful so I minimized the phlegm buildup by taking mucinex a couple of times a day. Not sure if you need a prescription for that, but if you get phlegm you might want to ask your doc about mucinex.
So far my healing has come along very well, and my only problems are tiredeness in late afternoon, and stich pain at night when I roll onto particular positions. Other than that, I'm doing fine, and am glad I went with da vinci rather than open, though I well understand that there are good reasons why some opt for open.
Thanks to all the posters here for valuable info.