Prostate Cancer Post Surgery – Life After The Procedure

A prostate cancer surgery is invariably a prostatectomy in which the prostate gland is removed in order to stop a malignancy from metastasizing and becoming a bigger problem. It may be a green light laser procedure or a TURP – transurethral resection of the prostate – but more often than not, it is a radical prostatectomy in which the life of the patient and his quality of life are preserved by the not-so-simple operation.

However, post prostate surgery is a different matter altogether. It begins from that very night after the operation has been completed. A lot depends on how the procedure was done and what expertise or technology was involved in making it happen. A standard radical prostatectomy may be life saving but is bears many risks, such as blood loss, a long stay in the hospital to recuperate, scars from incisions, and perhaps the most debilitating, loss of continence and impotence.

Loss of urinary continence is perhaps the most obvious complication right after the surgery. The patient will have to wear a catheter tied to his leg to receive the fluid from his penis for a while, which may range from a couple of days to a week. During that time the fluid will flow freely into the plastic bag and it will have to be drained from time to time. Various men recover at various rates, some claiming they are ‘fine’ after only three or four days, and others still stay with the bag for three times that length.

Continence often returns after a while, although the patient may have to remain on adult diapers for a while yet afterwards. There are those in whom control of their bladder fluid never really returns, but that is rare. Others gain back as much as 90-99% of bladder control, which really is good. Stomach bloating is another complication that is immediately apparent shortly after the surgery. However it does not last too long, and after a few days, it could be gone completely.

Perhaps the most dreadful complication of a prostate surgery is loss of potency, in which the patient is no longer able to get an erection. There is no problem with penile sensation for the most part, and if he is stimulated he will feel aroused. Why, he will even achieve an organism if the stimulation persists for a while, but he simply might not get that erection- and there will not likely be ejaculation – the prostate which produces a good portion of the semen fluid is gone.

In many cases, a semblance of potency returns after a while, which could range from a year to three, but for the most part, the patient might have to help himself with a Viagra pill, a VED pump, an injection to the side of the penis, or all three of them in order to get an erection for sexual intercourse.

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