On Thursday 1st October at 10am, I went into Guys Cancer Hospital at London Bridge. At midday, I had an epidural, and general anaesthesia. I was back in my room after recovery at 7pm.
A short while after, I spoke with my surgeon, he confirmed that he did a Retzius nerve sparing procedure, and that my results were excellent, and that all my “male” functions should be fine, including no incontinence problems. Cancer all gone, I hoped! Obviously needed Pathology to confirm.
12 hours after I came back from recovery, I had no pain at all and hoped it would continue. I drank 4 big jugs of water, and thanks to the catheter, I didn’t even have to go to the bathroom.
I was home by Saturday, and out walking on Monday.
Whilst the pain was bad in the days following the operation, I was only taking paracetamol (I didn’t want to take anything stronger). It got a bit better each day but I could only sleep on my back.
I was surprised that the catheter hadn’t been such a problem as I thought it would be. It was removed after 10 days.
On the 30th October, I saw my specialist to discuss the Pathology report, he confirmed the excellent result. I am due to have a PSA test in six weeks, and again in three months, six months, and then one year. I’m absolutely ecstatic. I can’t praise or recommend him highly enough. Thanks Professor Chris Eden.