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A few more questions before surgery

Tovok31
Tovok31

Hi guys. Thanks for sharing your experiences with me. I have a few more questions. Are there diets and or food and drink restrictions after the surgery?

I know so much depends on my recovery and how well my own body will respond but is there an average amount of time when I should begin to expect a little bit normalcy?

Thanks

Tovok31

Tony

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My urologist/surgeon said to eat light meals for a few days. Eat high fiber foods because the pain medication can cause constipation. I was constipated for 6 days following surgery. I used stool softeners to help me go.

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to BobJensen

Thank you I’ll make sure to stock up on high fiber foods

BobJensen
BobJensen
in reply to Tovok31

Good luck. Please keep us posted.

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to BobJensen

What about drink restrictions

BobJensen
BobJensen
in reply to Tovok31

I had no drink restrictions. He said to drink a lot of water to help with constipation. Water also helps flush your kidneys. Keep an eye on the color of your urine in the bags from your catheter. Pale yellow is best.

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to BobJensen

Thanks so much Bob. If there is anything else you think I should know please let me know

Codine is a no-no will cause constipation ------ diet fruit vegetable high fibre ---- keep active within the constraints of the operation that you have just undergone

Learn to do Kegel exercises to help control incontinence after surgery. The exercises also help with impotence.

If its not to late ? start the Kegals prior to the RP Then start again when your foley /Catheter is removed ............Dont be too impatient its a big procedure ------ let things heal dont be drawn into peoples boasts that they returned to the gym within weeks started cycling 15 miles a day as soon as they could sit on the bike . if they b wish to push the envelope let them get on with it .....The instant cure perception is just not in the real world ....softly softly catchey monkey

Hey Tov, I didn’t have any diet restrictions after surgery. However, because things shift after surgery I found that a high fiber diet, I.e- lots of veggies was preferable. I had some issues with mild constipation and took styli softeners in addition to a mostly vegetarian diet the first couple weeks after surgery. I think you will return to normalcy pretty quickly after catheter removal. Good luck

Thanks man

Great advice.

Did the doctor say how long you may wear a catheter?

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to BobJensen

He didn’t say just said I have one for the surgery

You will need one for at least a week.

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to BobJensen

Is it painful or just uncomfortable?

BobJensen
BobJensen
in reply to Tovok31

Uncomfortable. This tube is constantly rubbing you inside your penis. It takes getting used to. I had mine for 4 weeks. I hope yours is a shorter time. You also have to change bags every night and every morning. Make sure you clean the bags with warm water and vinegar. It takes practice.

It all depends on how long it takes for your body to heal after rebuilding the wall between your bladder and your urethra.

Hint: Stock up on Depends pull ups and pads. You will need several. Especially after surgery.

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to BobJensen

Ok

It is good to wear both. It's easier to change a wet pad than to change a pull up.

We are here to help you. Please ask any question you have. Don't be shy. My surgery was 3 years ago, but I remember every detail.

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to BobJensen

I will

BobJensen
BobJensen
in reply to Tovok31

Great.

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to BobJensen

Sometime I enjoy sleeping and walking around house without clothes. Is that something down the road or something in the first few months I’ll be able to do

BobJensen
BobJensen
in reply to Tovok31

Not right away. You need to wear Depends for several months. You don't need other clothes.

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to BobJensen

Shit

Tovok31
Tovok31
in reply to Tovok31

🤣

BobJensen
BobJensen
in reply to Tovok31

It sucks. You have to be patient. Healing takes time. Kegel exercises will get you to walk around naked in no time.

Your statement that you will require Depends for several months is not a fact cast in tablets of stone ..... given that you prepare prior to the procedure with Kegals the catheter should be in for about ten days broad time scale dependant on your healing ? I found it an annoyance not painful nor any chaffing there shouldn't be any movement nor leakage within the penis ----- Initial control post removal for me was a few days some dribbling on exertion But dry within ten days ... My expectation was that the prostate and the cancer would be removed with minimum disruption to my life. the only down side from the removal was ED hey I'm still here 15 years post operation if I hadnt gone for the removal I would have had the half day out with undertaker /funeral director .......

Thanks for sharing.

Hidden
Hidden

Some good advice here. As regards food and drink, do as the guys say. You should avoid straining for a bowel motion. Drink up to 3 litres fluid a day. Main reasons for this are to reduce the possibility of the catheter blocking and infection.

Healing is important so you need extra protein and extra calories. Protein is the building material for healing. But if you don't take extra calories too, the protein will be used for energy.

Don't feel bad if you need painkillers, there shouldn't be that much pain if surgery is endoscopic.

You need to sleep well. Healing takes place in deep sleep when growth hormone is released.

Sorry, you might find a "normal" within the next 2 years, but it won't be what was normal before. It will be a new normal. Deal with it as it happens, try not to leap ahead to something that may or may not happen

BobJensen
BobJensen
in reply to Hidden

Great advice. Thanks for sharing. A new normal is well put. Orgasms are different and less messy. Still pleasurable. No semen, just pre-cum fluid.

The precut from where????

Precum

Pre-cum fluid comes from the Cowper's glands inside the urethra.

From Google---The secretions produced by the Cowper's glands help to protect sperm as it passes through the urethra during ejaculation. In response to sexual stimulation prior to ejaculation, the Cowper's glands begin producing an alkaline mucous secretion known as pre-ejaculate.

When sexually aroused, the glands produce a mucous-like fluid called pre-ejaculate. The pre-ejaculate fluid is a viscous, clear, and salty liquid that neutralizes any residual acidity in the urethra. The now neutralized urethra is a more hospitable (as opposed to harmful) environment for the sperm to travel in.

The paired bulbourethral (Cowper's) glands are small, about the size of a pea, and located near the base of the penis. A short duct from each gland enters the proximal end of the penile urethra. In response to sexual stimulation, the bulbourethral glands secrete an alkaline mucus-like fluid.

Well for me I was recommended to avoid all caffeine and sodas. Also some drinks like Gatorade have 'pee inducing" qualities! Also alcohol. So I got to love water, milk, smoothies and cans of veggie based drinks. Did that for 6 months. Worked for me and the peeing issue. Light diet, more smaller meals per day for a month or two.

no caffeine, no alcohol??? Slitting wrists now! LOL

Don't do that. Be patient.

Iek others, I had to eat plenty of fiber to help with constipation. Some people find that certain foods make incontinence worse--obviously coffee, alcohol, but for some spicy foods, sugar, certain fruits (for me raspberries, I remember).

Hi Tovok

Think you've gotten good advice from the posts I've read. Yup, the biggie

is constipation. Start before surgery getting yourself cleaned out and keep

the fruits and veggies at hand for after you return home. Then there's the

kegels which I strongly encourage you to begin now and if possible get

professional advice on how to do them. You should not do them while you

have the catheter as I remember. Best of luck to you.

Hidden
Hidden

So there you go, looking forward to wearing diapers, alcohol and caffeine free high fibre normal life. It's a passing phase. You can drink a little of what you like, it will just make you pee more. After my RP I entered into a new relationship with pee. It has it's good and bad points, unless you've got an infection it's normally sterile. You can't say that about spit, phlegm, snot, sweat or other bodily emissions. It helps your body get rid of by products of metabolism so it's slightly acid. That makes it quite a good antiseptic. It also contains urea which is a bit unfortunate because after a while it breaks down into ammonia which is why it sometimes stinks. So wherever it goes, it's OK if you clean it up. It might make a good floor cleaner!

You can actually drink urine, but not too much, because you're putting back the acid and metabolites your kidneys are trying to get rid of. I've never tried it myself. Might be OK with a shot of scotch whisky in it! The only bits of Shakespeare I can remember are, "to be or not to be" and "Caesar did drink of the gilded pool"

It was quite a surprise when I first ejaculated pee when I orgasmed. I told my urologist, I don't think he believed me. However I think he looked it up because next time he asked how's the climacturia?

So if you want to go round the house naked, maybe it's OK where the floors not carpeted. How about in the garden?

So, OK leaking is no fun, but it's not so bad, it's how you see in your mind. Celebrate its virtues.

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