What to Expect After Prostate Cancer Surgery

What Happens After Prostate Cancer Surgery?

Prostate Cancer SurgeryA newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient often have one thing on his mind – prostate cancer surgery. Many patients reached out to us, wondering what they should expect after prostate cancer surgery.

According to New York Urologist Dr. David Albala, the most important thing you need to be concerned about after your surgery is protecting the catheter that is in place.

The catheter is put into the bladder and after the prostate is removed. It allows the healing to take place over the next week of recovery.

But that isn’t the only thing you should expect after your prostate cancer surgery. Find out from Dr. Albala in the video below.

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David Albala:  What should you expect after you have had prostate cancer surgery?  What I tell my patients when they are being discharged home the most important thing is to protect the catheter that is in place.  Typically, a Foley catheter is put into the bladder and after the prostate is removed and the urethra is sewn up to the bladder, the catheter allows the healing to take place over the next five to seven days.

If you have a robotic prostatectomy, typically the catheter remains in place for about seven days.  Once that healing occurs and the catheter is removed, that’s when individuals start to do Kegel exercises and developed those pelvic floor muscles to allow continence to occur.

At the same time, I placed individuals on drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis to trying to allow blood flow into the penis to preserve the ability and prevent scarring from taking place and preserved that ability to have an erection.

So typically, the most common complaint that I see in patients after a robotic prostatectomy is gas pain.  Typically, once individual start passing gas, their bowels are moving regularly, there is really not a lot of discomfort that’s associated with individuals undergoing a robotic prostatectomy.

Those individuals when the catheter comes out, then they can start doing the Kegel exercises, regain their continence, and start doing maneuvers to preserve potency such as Cialis or Viagra and using a vacuum erection device to help prevent scarring taking place in the penis and preserving the ability for erections.


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