The most effective treatment for prostate cancer is the radical prostatectomy. This life-saving surgical procedure entails the removal of the entire prostate gland and possibly some of the surrounding tissues as determined by your surgeon.
This operation is highly advanced and is performed by your doctor via robotic technology. This new technology involves much less blood loss during the surgery and much less cutting through surrounding tissue as compared to the prior types of surgery.
Most patients who undergo this procedure respond well to the surgery. If you are considering prostate cancer surgery, and you are wondering what recovery is going to be like, here’s what you can generally expect.
How Do I Recover After Prostate Cancer Surgery?
After you fully awake from the surgery, walking in the hospital hallway with assistance is encouraged. Your activities will be toned down for a short while during your recovery. Refrain from jogging or playing sports, and take the time to rest and fully recover from the surgical procedure.
The following are some things to expect during your recovery from the operation:
Avoid heavy lifting and extreme physical activity after the surgery – your surgeon will give you specific instructions. Walking and climbing stairs are okay. You may return to work within a few weeks after surgery if your work does not require strenuous physical activity, and as long as you are recovering without any complications.
Cleaning the Incision Site
The doctor may recommend that you maintain the incision site with a solution or ointment that is provided to you. The surgeon will also schedule the removal of your catheter bag usually after two weeks; however, before doing this, the doctor will need to make sure that there is no leakage between the bladder and the urethra.
Treating Pain and Swelling
You may feel pain after the surgery, which is normal. The doctor may prescribe stronger pain medication, which you should take as directed.
Swelling in your abdomen, legs, and scrotum after surgery is also expected. If one or more of your lymph nodes was removed during the surgery, your surgeon may attach an abdominal drain to collect the fluids; this will be removed about a week after the surgery.
Caring for the Catheter
You will have a catheter on you, which you should always make sure is in place. The nurse will teach you how to handle and care for the catheter.
Generally, recovery after prostate cancer surgery takes at least a month; however, patients do recover at their own pace. You may recover faster depending on your health condition prior to the surgery, and depending on whether there were any irregularities during the operation. After six weeks, you will likely begin to feel back to normal.
Prostate Cancer Screening in Phoenix
The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the better your chances for survival. At Ironwood Urology, we provide prostate cancer screenings to our patients, including a PSA test. Our goal is to check for early signs of cancer so you can get the life-saving treatment you need immediately.
To schedule a checkup, call Ironwood Urology today at (480) 961-2323 or fill out our appointment request form now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner.