That's good advice about the Trial Without Catheter although I'd expect it anyway. I was operated on at a hospital 15 miles away after diagnosis at one 2 miles away. The local hospital did the TWOC and the GP nurse removed my centre of stomach staples.
As Frankij says, make a sensible judgement about how long to stay in hospital. The surgeon said it would be one night typically but I had a pelvic drain that was still draining quite a bit of blood in the afternoon after the op so I asked to stay another night, which seemed a bit defeatist to me, but common sense took over. I couldn't imagine where the blood would go if it wasn't draining.
If you've had a heart by-pass the surgeon must think you're strong enough as they slant you head down.
One thing I'd ask is where the post op clinics will be. You don't want to be travelling a long way. I have never met the surgeon who did the op since the pre-op interview, he lets his doctors do the clinics and on the day chat. So I wouldn't get too attached to meeting him/her.
Hospitals do dozens of Prostate ops every year so it's best to go with the flow, they should give you a full list of things you need. A dressing gown, slippers and earplugs and someone to get you home. You won't be able to drive. You'll also have a bag and catheter, spare bags, night bag and stand. Perhaps anti-coagulant injections, I had 28. District nurse appears a few days later, although I didn't need her.
Countdown to Feb 11th, two weeks today. All the best, Peter
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