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Old 12-26-2010, 06:41 PM   #1
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Question Two questions - Hernia? Back to work?


I just joined the boards today. My husband (age 52) was diagnosed 7 weeks ago, and is going to have the robotic prostatectomy in about three weeks. Of course we have many questions and still have much to learn, but here are two sort of practical things that we're wondering:

*Is post-operative hernia something that can sometimes happen after robotic pros. surgery? (We have two friends who had surgery for hernias, a while after their robotic surgery. We don't know if that was just a coincidence, or if that's an effect that can be associated with the surgery.)

*Any approximations on ABOUT how long post-surgery people are able to return to work - if one's work is a very physical job? (Husband drives for UPS, and so lifts heavy objects all day long, in addition to bouncing around all day in a big truck.) I realize that doctor will give us an estimate when we meet with him in a couple of weeks, but I wanted to ask the question to those who've actually been through it. How long before you were physically strong enough to take on a very physical day?

Thanks for any feedback you're able to give.

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Old 12-27-2010, 03:09 AM   #2
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Re: Two questions - Hernia? Back to work?

Hi Sue,
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.

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