Just over a week ago on September 11th I had Robotic Surgery at the Christie Hospital Manchester to remove my prostate. Everyone's experience will be different . I am 57 and apart from this problem am relatively healthy for my age.
Making a treatment decision was not easy to say the least but after much debate and consideration I decided to have surgery. I was told I was going to have a Robot assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. The Da Vinci surgical system is a robotic platform and consists of a surgeon’s console where the surgeon sits and carries out the operation.
I had my Pre-op at the Christie Hospital on the Monday morning and was booked in the next day for Surgery and had to be there at 6.30am. I was given only a week from being given the date to the Op which looking back was a good thing.
Around 9.20 am after signing more forms and a pre-med I was wheeled down to the Christie Theatre where on route we crashed a few times into obstacles. At one point my dry sense of humour came out and I asked for L Plates on the wheelchair.
The operation must have taken around 4 hours and I spent some time in recovery and was taken back to greet my family around 3.30pm
The sensation of the Catheter did feel very weird and uncomfortable at first but after an hour or two it settled down and I did not feel in any pain. The mild discomfort only from the 5 incisions and the drain in my stomach
The staff at the Christie Hospital were just unbelievable. I cannot praise the Nurses, Physios, Doctors highly enough. I now understand why the Christie Hospital is World renowned
I spend two nights in hospital where I felt much stronger on the second day and ready to go home. I was shown how to use the Night bag which was not as difficult as I had thought and phone numbers to ring if I had any problems. By the second day my appetite was returning and I was helped to make the first tentative steps in the hospital corridor.
Today 7 days after my OP I returned to the Christie and my Catheter was removed. According to the Nurse my Consultant gets patients who are relatively young and with no other health problems to have it removed after a week rather than 10 days or longer
The removal of the Catheter was not as painful as I had anticipated and with a few deep breaths it was out within 10 seconds. I had a bit of leakage when I first passed urine but it got better and after 3 hours I had been six times and the nurse said the volume was enough that I could now go home
Having the Catheter removed felt liberating and my movements are now much more normal and I am hoping to get a more normal sleep tonight free of bags and Tubes but the 7 days with them were more manageable than I had expected.
One week on from Surgery I am feeling stronger and more confident and feel lucky to have been in the hands of a top surgeon, his team and the fantastic nurses at the Christie Hospital Manchester.
"Lots of people will tell you their experiences and treatment choices but do not listen to them as this will be your Journey and your individual choice." Macmillan Nurse to me after I had got my Diagnosis
Edited by member 19 Sep 2018 at 18:42
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