What to Expect After Prostate Cancer Surgery
- Possible Complications of Prostate Surgery. In addition to the general risks of surgery and anesthesia, men who undergo prostate surgery may face specific postoperative complications.
- Post-Operative Care.
- Problems With Following Prostate Surgery.
- Erectile Dysfunction After Prostate Surgery.
How long does it take to heal after prostate surgery?
Depending on the type of surgery the recovery time after prostate surgery may linger up to several months.
What do you need to know about prostate surgery?
Surgeons perform the surgery only when the cancer appears to be confined to the prostate and nearby lymph nodes. In a radical prostatectomy, the surgeon removes the entire prostate gland (and attached seminal vesicles) together with a small part of the bladder and, if necessary, the pelvic lymph nodes.
What is the recovery time for prostate cancer surgery?
This surgery is done under general anesthesia. Recovery time can vary from 1 to 2 weeks to full recovery at 3-5 weeks. Throughout the process of prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment, surgery and recovery, our physicians and staff are there to guide you and ensure your best care.
How to prepare for after prostate cancer surgery?
After surgery, you should drink lots of water, eat a balanced diet and avoid driving, heavy lifting or operating machinery. A prophylactic laxative is often given to prevent constipation and straining.
How long does it take to get back to work after surgery?
One month after surgery : Doctors recommend no strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least one month after surgery. Most people take off work for three to four weeks. If you work from home, you could return to work sooner. By one month after surgery, your life should start getting back to normal. Some men experience side effects, including:
How long after surgery can you have an erection?
After the surgery, you may experience ED for a few weeks, a year, or longer. That’s because surgery can injure any of the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels involved in getting an erection. There are also other factors that affect ED during recovery.
How soon can I work after surgery?
One month after surgery : Doctors recommend no strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least one month after surgery. Most people take off work for three to four weeks. If you work from home, you could return to work sooner.
How long after catheter removal?
One week after surgery : After your surgery site heals, your catheter will be removed. This is usually seven to 10 days after surgery. This can easily be done at your doctor’s office. Some people decide to take out their catheter at home.