Re: Two questions - Hernia? Back to work?
Welcome to this board. Hopefully that all goes well in your husband case.
It is rare to hear about “post-operative hernias” (inguinal or umbilical hernia), but they can happen at the incision site of the surgery, either robotic or open. I had hernia symptoms before surgery so that my doctor operated on that at the same time of RP.
Open or robotic surgeries have similar outcomes regarding “time-to-heal” and that is mostly reported as 5 to 10 days. However, at surgery we are fitted with a catheter and sac to collect urine, which it is taken out once the “V-neck” at the bladders’ detrusor sphincter is assured, in most of the cases, on the 10th to 12th day after surgery.
Some guys reported of having returned to work after 5 days (the earliest) in the hospital. Nevertheless, the radical prostatectomy is considered a major surgery with full body anaesthesia, and that is a serious affair that your husband should take to the attention of his employers so that he can be spared from hard work for a period of one month.
The decision on the treatment for prostate cancer is very challenging and the effects that such can have in our job is worrisome. We always have to thing on a long term affair with the culprit, even if we aspire for a quick end. Health is more important than work, and I would suggest you to concentrate on that now so close to treatment.
I hope your husband finds a proper solution regarding is job and wish a quick recovery from surgery.