Hi. I was administered morphine in the recovery room to counter the pain to the incision above my belly button. It immediately worked after several seconds.
My hospital stay was just an overnight stay... The surgeon visited me at around 8.30am the day after the surgery to see how I was getting on. He then suggested I could go home in the afternoon and I gladly accepted it. After this, the nurses removed the drain tubes and bags and set up a leg-fitted urinal bag. The pharmacist came and gave me a box of 28 injections, some paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets to take home. My wife picked me up at 3pm and off I went home. I felt no pain at all during that time. I discarded my compression socks as soon as I got home as advised.
I had to inject myself daily every morning for 27 days. I injected on my thighs, each taking alternative turns. No pain at all.
I think it was the third day after surgery that I started to.feel some pains, especially around my stomach and pelvis floor area... The stomach, as i inderstand it, was pumped full of carbon doixide prior to the operation to create working space. The pains are a consequence of "as the morphine wears off the pains come out to play." This lasted for about 2 days and they were very bearable. It took about over a week before the swollen stomach eventually receded to my normal size. I weighed myself when I got home from hospital and I was alarmed to find my weight at 15 stones! This morning I got on the scales and I was glad to read it has settled at 13st 9lbs.
went out with my catheter attached to my right leg and it presented no problem. The catheter was removed after 14 days. I have read horror stories from other people who underwent RP, but my experience was nothing like theirs, it was pleasant experience considering the kind of major operation I underwent.
I am confident you will not regret your decision and in the long run you will be grateful to have undergone such an operation.
Yes, I am as deaf as a post and I am labelled as profoundly deaf which renders hearing aids useless to me. However I am a proficient lipreader. I was a construction site manager for 43 years, working mainly in London and around the Southeast of England althpugh I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. Earplugs are absolutely useless to me - lol!
Barbados is a country that is close to our hearts and the Bajans are great people. They are very friendly and helpful - sometimes strange I may say. Whenever I mention we both (my wife and I) are deaf, most of them were eager to say that their cousins are deaf! I have yet to meet one who said they have a deaf family member - it is always "My cousin is deaf."
We first went to Barbados 14 years ago and made great friends with the locals. Since that time we stay for a month per holiday... and we never looked back.
Must halt here awhile as I have to go to my club for my daily pint. I hope I have reassured you by answering your questions. You will be well advised to take the Retzius-sparing robotic radical prostatectomy and I am confident you will not regret your decision.
He who lives, loves and knows what it means to die - Jiddu Krishnamurti.