I’ve been home 4 days after have the robotic surgery at St George’s in London. I went in with Gleason 9 and apparently once they opened me up it was a ‘difficult’ procedure. I’ve had a PET scan that indicates it hasn’t spread but now waiting on lymph node biopsy. I was under for 4/4.5 hours, actual surgery around 3 hours
Things to look out for:
My god the wards are noisy, take ear plugs if you’re ok using them. Maybe an eye mask too.
If you want things like phones, toothbrush after you come round pack them high in your bag. I had three needles across both hands which made delving into my bag a challenge
I got up and padded around the ward as soon as allowed, my mission was to get home ASAP to get some sleep. I was in for two nights.
Watch out for the dressings. I was allergic to them and came out in blisters that are more now sore than the incisions.
There are two types of leg catheters. One length for thigh, one for calf. I much preferred the calf one but the ones they have given me as I left were the shorter version. At least it’s only temporary.
The food is like 1960‘s school dinners but you probably won’t be hungry. M&S is on site as well as Pret if having visitors and you fancy something.
Most importantly the surgical and nursing team are outstanding and very supportive.
I’ve only started on the boards today but have found Prostate UK and its website invaluable throughout, right from the first PSA test. Through their nurses helpline I‘ve spoken to men in the same boat but further down the line with their recovery and had a lot of advice.
Hopefully some people may find bits of this useful as I did other posts. Sharing some of this stuff really does help.
Edited by member 12 Oct 2018 at 14:54
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