Preparing For Coming Home After Surgery

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Preparing For Coming Home After Surgery

by Pagenie on Mon Oct 17, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband will be having his prostate removed in several weeks. We have been told that he will be in the hospital for three days and will have a catheter for about a week at home. I would like to prepare to make him the most comfortable after he comes home. What can we expect? How can we prepare? Will he be able to climb stairs? Thank you, C.

Coming Home After Prostatectomy

by Patrick1 on Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi, I had the surgery 4 years ago and was in good physical condition other than the PC. I was walking a lot around the hospital halls on my floor on the second day post-op, along with the catheter and the urine bag. This was to speed my recovery and keep in shape. By discharge after 3 days I could have climbed stairs, though slowly. The catheter is a bit uncomfortable and it can be made more comfortable by creating a loop of catheter tubing and taping the catheter to your thigh. A little experimentation with positioning of the loop may be necessary. But in terms of energy, he should be able to get around the house fine when he comes home. I was out of the house some after a few days, but the catheter and bag made that a little awkward. But regular exercise, e.g. walking, will help speed recovery. It sure feels great to get rid of that catheter after 10 days or so. Helps you feel human again. Pat K
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