• What will my Husband Need after surgery

    Asked by Concernedwife on Monday, April 13, 2015

    What will my Husband Need after surgery

    My Husband is scheduled for surgery June 2nd. What do I need to know about caring for him before surgery? He will be in the hospital overnight and on a catheter for 10 days.

    12 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar

      You need to speak with his doctors!!!

      If you can't get answers, you aren't with the correct doctors.

      You need to know more about after care than before care.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Concernedwife's Avatar

      Oops typo, I need information about care after he comes home from the hospital. How long will he need someone at home with his etc.

      almost 6 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I never been discharged from a hospital without care instructions. The caretaker who checked me out of the hospital was required to sign a documents acknowledging that they had been given the instructions and that they understood them. In the case of my last hospitalization it was a two hour interview but that was because is was a double discharge one for the injuries and one for cancer. Even simple outpatient procedures have come with detailed instructions. If this isn't standard procedure it should be. .

      almost 6 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer (Best Answer!)

      I agree, Concernedwife, that your husband's surgeon should be able to tell you what will typically be needed when your husband comes home after his surgery. I hope, too, that there are some people here that will be able to share their experiences.

      Your husband is very lucky to have you and I know you will take excellent care of him!

      In the meantime, here are some sites I found that have care instructions:


      almost 6 years ago
    • TallBald's Avatar

      This is a great resource for questions/answers and many opinions. I was 46 when I had surgery. The greatest gift you can give your husband is loving support. One of the things my wife did specifically after surgery was make sure that my catheter and bag were all good when I went to bed. She also checked it in the middle of the night to make sure that it wasn't too full, or not filling - both problems. The disease is very humbling for you both. You guys are in this together. If it becomes 'his' thing, then change your mindset, this is YOUR (collective) thing. My wife and I took turns being strong for one another. I had the same core and Gleason results. My cancer was in both lobes, but otherwise the same. Healing is a very slow process, but I full intend to see my grandchildren!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Concernedwife's Avatar

      The hospital has us signed up for a course on catheter care but I wanted to know how long to take off from work to be home with him, he has been such a trooper during my breast cancer treatment which will be finished in July.

      almost 6 years ago
    • TallBald's Avatar

      I would say at least one week, but two would be better. I took one week off, and worked from home (answering e-mails, etc.) but would recommend taking the second week off. Whats the hurry? Life will be there in plenty of time. Take the time to heal.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar

      His surgeon may cover this item, if not I hope this helps. I was advised to start exercising my bladder muscles before surgery and continue afterward as well. This proved to be a real help to me in controlling my incontinence. By 4-5 weeks after surgery I was able to stop wearing the incontinence pads. Good diet and exercise will greatly help the healing process. Your support will be a big help to your husband. Best to you both.
      A survivor, Ross

      almost 6 years ago
    • mustangray's Avatar

      Hello, I had surgery for my cancer and live alone. I just needed someone to spend the night after I was discharged. I was off work for 4 weeks. I was sore for the first few days but was able to get around very well. I was instructed not to drive for a few days. He will just need to rest for a few days and eat well balanced meals, Wish the both of you the best and take care.

      almost 6 years ago
    • life101's Avatar

      Here are few things I learned. These are not anything medical related but things that made post surgery easier.

      1) Catheter - Mine came with 2 bags. A smaller one that tied on the leg and a much larger one they said was for nighttime. I found the leg one to be a pain and too small so I wore shorts and carried the larger bag around in a Tote Bag. Looked a little funny but worked great and was easy to empty. At night the Tote Bag just sat on the floor next to the bed. My kids thought it was funny me doing my daily walk around the house with my bladder in a TOTE bag.

      2) Getting out of bed was my biggest problem in the beginning because you have all these scars in your stomach. This just takes practice which pillows and rotating off the bed. Sound like a small thing but it is aggravating.

      3) Follow everything you doctor says to do. No skimping. My doctor wanted me to walk a mile so I walked around and around inside the house. I think about 500 circles was a mile.

      5) Take time off and don't rush it. The surgery seems quick and easy but it is major surgery.

      6) Last but not least is your husband will probably need pads for incontinence. Even if it is not a big deal the added protection gives you piece of mind when in public. I found the best brand is... TENA - They are less balky and fit much better.

      Good luck with everything and there are thousands of movies to watch online.

      almost 6 years ago
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