The care to be taken after Robotic Prostate surgery
Robotic Prostate surgery, also known as robot-assisted radical prostatectomy, is a cutting-edge surgical technique designed to treat prostate cancer. This minimally invasive procedure combines the precision of robotic technology with the skill of the surgeon, aiming to remove the cancerous prostate gland while preserving surrounding healthy tissue.
Although Robotic Prostate surgery is a common procedure, it is a significant operation that requires less time and effort to bounce back. Following surgery, recovery is quick and is far better than traditional surgeries. You need to be optimistic because robotic surgeries make it possible to treat prostate surgery.
Before the surgery, patients undergo thorough evaluations, including imaging tests and blood work, to ensure their eligibility for the procedure. During the surgery, the surgeon operates a robotic system with intricate instruments through small incisions, allowing for enhanced precision and control. The 3D visualization and precise movements of the robotic arms enable the surgeon to access the prostate and surrounding structures with minimal damage.
Once you have gone through the surgery there are certain things you need to be aware of:
After the surgery:
After surgery, patients are normally released from the hospital in about 24 hours.
A urinary catheter will be implanted before any patient is released from the hospital. It permits constant draining of the bladder into a little external collection bag, which is then emptied as required. You should not attempt to remove this catheter on your own, under any circumstances. Until you are well enough to remove it, it must remain in place.
After reaching home:
- Activities – You can return to most of the daily activity within a week. But restrain yourself from driving, running, and exercising. In short, you should wait six weeks after surgery before engaging in any strenuous activity to allow your body time to recover.
- Do not use stairs
- You should not remain in one posture for too long for more than 45 minutes
- As long as the catheter is in place, stay away from water, including hot tubs, swimming pools, and bathtubs. You can take a shower as soon as you get home.
- Depending on your profession and how quickly you heal, you can return to work at any time. Most occupations allow for a return within 1-3 weeks.
- You might want to start with a bland diet to make it easy on you when you first leave the hospital. Some patients like a primarily liquid diet.
- You must stay away from carbonated drinks.
- You should switch to a soft food diet after having a bowel movement, consisting of foods like oatmeal, soups, scrambled eggs, etc., and then gradually return to your regular diet as soon as you feel safe doing so.
- Beans, broccoli, and other foods that cause gas should be avoided.
- For some days following surgery, you should avoid having large meals all at once by spreading out eating all through the day with modest food.
- Types of clothes you need to wear - Your abdomen will be slightly inflated following surgery, it is better to wear loose-fitting clothing, involving sweatpants or other pants with elastic or waistbands, to feel more comfortable. Initially, you will possibly need to do this anyhow to make room for the catheter and collection bag.
- Urinary incontinence - One week following the robotic prostate surgery, the catheter will be withdrawn. After the catheter is removed, most men have trouble controlling their urination. The day your catheter is withdrawn, you should carry an adult diaper with you. Because normal urine control might not return for two months after your surgery, you should be ready to use these diapers for a while.
Keep in mind that every person differs. It's important for patients to consult with their medical team to determine if robotic prostate surgery is the appropriate treatment option for their specific condition.
At World of Urology Our highly skilled specialist, Dr Basavaraj Neelgar, is an experienced professional in the fields of Urology, Uro-oncology, Andrology, Kidney Transplant, and Robotic Surgery. He has performed over 300 LASER-enabled prostate surgeries. You can book an early appointment with our urologist via our website.