It's been a week since my op which went quite well. My surgeon, apparently, took 2 hours to complete the procedure. He managed to spare some nerves: 100% on one side and 15% the other. He did what's described as an 'incremental nerve-sparing' technique. I presume it means slicing away at the nerve until a healthy margin is achieved. It was a pleasant surprise for me as I assumed (wrongly!) he would dissect all the nerve bundles due to the presence of Peri-neural invasion in my case.
There is some hope, then, that the beast may head north one day! Research data suggests a 30-40% possibility. I'll hold my breath!
My biggest post-op complaints have been constipation and backache. The former much improved now and I stuck to members advice not to strain as I normally would! I suspect the latter is due to almost constant hunching and bending over. I find deep breathing exercises help.
All wounds clean and dry. Catheter draining well. Analgesia stopped 2 days ago.Daily injecting this wretched anti-coagulant. I still believe it's not needed in MY case. It's a controversial issue among British urologists. I read the majority of US robotic surgeons do not use it. But, please, bear in mind to follow the advice of your treating team. Every case is different. Hope am not being patronising! 😊
My TWOC will be in 14 days post-op as H was unable to fit me in earlier. Quite acceptable but I would not want it any longer.
Pathology and OP review in 4 weeks' time.
Thank you to all for your support, advice, suggestions and good humour!