Recovery from Prostate Cancer Surgery
Prostate cancer surgery is the most efficient, and sometimes the only way of treatment. The operation may have a great impact on patient’s health, so a responsible and attentive approach to recover process is requires. MediClin Staufendurg Klinik provides safe and efficient measures for recovery after prostate cancer operation.
Why the type of surgery matters?
Until recently, traditional prostate cancer surgery was used in all clinics: it requires making one big cut in patient’s abdomen or pelvic zone. Such approach requires longer recover period and causes more pain and discomfort, not mentioning big scars. As a rule, patients can leave their clinic after a week of hospitalization.
Due to advances in German and worldwide medicine, minimally invasive surgery is performed today in modern medical centers including MediClin. During such procedure, 3-6 small incisions are made – one is used to insert a tiny camera, and others to operate with special instruments. Minimally invasive operations require shorter recovery period, and a patient can go home the next day.
What does prostate cancer surgery recovery include?
As a rule, patients need to stay in the hospital overnight and spend about 1-2 weeks at home before starting to work again. When you get home, try walking as much as you can – for at least 10 minutes every hour. Walk more in the next week. In 3-4 weeks you should walk at least forty minutes every day to boost pelvic floor muscle recovery. Patients after a prostatectomy are not recommended to have sex during recovery.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy
To ensure that all cancer cells are eliminated and finish treatment, a patient needs to go through radiotherapy and chemical therapy after prostate cancer surgery. MediClin performs these therapies: safe X-ray devices are used, and suggest individual medication courses for their patients based on their overall health and medical conditions.
Before letting you go home, health professional in MediClin will prescribe you pain medications that can be used at home. Sometimes, over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen help a lot.
In most cases, use of a urinary catheter is necessary to drain urine. The catheter is connected with a bag that accumulates urine and is usually taped to patient’s hip. Do not remove it on your own – it should stay in place until the tissues heal and recovery finishes. If your catheter eventually falls out, you need to visit your urologist and replace it as soon as possible.
You will be given two bags of various sizes: a smaller one is placed under pants and collects urine in daytime, another is used at night. The smaller bag should be emptied every 3-4 hours depending on the amount of consumed liquid. The bags should be removed and exchanged when necessary.
As a rule, a catheter is used for 5-7 days and is removed by urologist when a patient has sufficiently healed.
Due to anesthesia, reduced physical activity and pain killers, patients may offer experience troubles with bowel function. Therefore, a doctor may prescribe laxatives or stool softeners. Drink more fluids, eat frequently and prefer easily digestible foods – it should relieve constipation.
Those who go through minimally invasive (robotic) prostate cancer surgery have higher chances of restoring normal sexual life after it. While going through your recovery process that may take several weeks you need to abstain from sexual intercourse. Resume sexual activity when your doctor allows. Note that it’s highly important to find an experienced and skilled robotic surgeon to ensure success of operation and be sure that side effects will be minimal.
Trust MediClin specialists
MediClin Staufendurg Klinik not only provides patients with surgical treatment, but also has full-fledged options for recovery:
- Comfortable wards with individual bathroom and entertainment facilities.
- Nutritional counseling and psychological support for people struggling with cancer diseases.
- Amenities and entertainment options.
- 24/7 nursing care.
- Chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
We also focus on psychological and emotional aspects of cancer recovery. Males going through prostate cancer surgery may also need encouragement and support – struggle with cancer is a hard and stressful process. Our psychologists help to overcome fears and depression.
Oncologists and other doctors in MediClin hospital have years of experience and deal even with very complicated prostate cancer cases. Be sure: you will be provided with a consistent level of treatment and post-surgery care. With MediClin help prostate cancer surgery recovery will be quick and stress-free.