Just to update as not been on here for a while..
I came off the fence finally and to cut a long story short I went for the Vinci option with nerve sparing on the 25/4...yep one week ago!
I wanted to give an insight in to my first week after surgery just to maybe allay some anxst amongst others waiting for the op.
Day 1 - The catheter is attached to my penis, great I thought!
A little sore and a bit groggy and then I realised when I moved I was a lot sore - take the pain killers they work a treat!
Day 2 - Feeling much better in myself, having banter with others in the ward. Eating food and drinking coffee ok. Walking ok, tentatively.
Went home - yes went home!
Day 3 - Slowly but surely walking is getting much easier, some shoulder pain I had went. Did a slow walk to the corner shop < 1 mile there and back.
Day 4 - Stopped taking pain killers - all ok
Day 5 - bowels started working - yes I had not been the toilet for 5 days. Was taking Sena and Lactulose daily and then it all started working like clockwork now.
Also ventured outside for a longer walk to a coffee shop, round trip 2.7 miles.
Day 6 - dressings removed as all healing nicely; there are x6 punctures to your abdomen including the drain.
Day 7 - Catheter removed - this was painless. Had to put a nappy on at first to check if I would be able to control the bladder. I was never so pleased to do a normal wee in my life. The nappy went straight in the bin and I have a discrete one in now just in case.
Feeling great in myself and pleased at the rate of progress in one week post op; I realise everybody is different so your journey maybe different than mine.
But for those going in shortly I just want to reassure them that recovery may not be so bad...
Will keep you posted...