A laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is surgery to remove the prostate gland. It is done to treat prostate cancer that has not spread out of the prostate. The doctor will make small cuts (incisions) in your lower belly. The doctor will put a lighted tube (scope) and other surgical tools through the cuts. Or if you will have robotic surgery, the doctor will guide the robot arms to do this surgery.
You will probably stay in the hospital for 1 or 2 days after surgery. Most men can go back to work or their usual activities 3 to 5 weeks after surgery. But it can take longer to fully recover.
After surgery, you won't be able to have children. If this is a concern, talk to your doctor. Ask if you can save your sperm ahead of time. You may also have trouble getting an erection. And it may be hard to control when you urinate. Urine control may get better over time. Medicine or other treatments also can often help these problems.
When you find out that you have cancer, you may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to help you feel better while you go through treatment. Your doctor can guide you to many local resources for support and more information. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your surgery.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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