A radical retropubic prostatectomy is surgery to remove the
prostate gland. Some of the tissue around the gland is also removed. It is done to treat prostate
cancer that has not spread out of the prostate. The doctor will make a 7 to 10 centimetre cut (incision) in your lower belly. The cut is between the navel and
the pubic bone.
You will probably stay in the hospital for 1 to 3
days after surgery. Most men can go back to work or their usual activities 3 to
5 weeks after surgery. But it can take 6 to 8 weeks 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
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
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