Prostate Surgery Recovery Time
Prostate Surgery Recovery Time – What to Expect?
After robotic prostate surgery, recovery time is much shorter compared to that of traditional open prostatectomy or non-robotic laparoscopic prostatectomy. The overall recovery time from a prostate surgery varies from one man to the next; however, here are some typical recovery times of patients who have elected to have a da Vinci prostatectomy:
- Nearly all patients go home within 24-hours of surgery compared to a typical three day stay for traditional open prostatectomy
- Most patients are able to have their catheter removed within 4-5 days after surgery
- The majority of our patients are back to normal daily activities within 1-2 weeks. Men with jobs that require heavy lifting will need to be on light duties for 4-6 weeks
- Nearly all patients regain full bladder control within 3 months and 30% regain full control in the first week.
Factors affecting an individual's outcomes:
- Experience of surgeon performing the surgery
- Patients preoperative function
- For sexual function recovery, the presence or absense of a sexual partner
- Aggressiveness of cancer
- For sexual function recovery, the type of nerve sparing performed
- Adherance to postoperative penile rehabilitation
Walking and Kegel exercises are recommended to help speed up the recovery process. This regular but gentle form of exercise will strengthen the pelvic floor and also help improve continence, weight control and cardiovascular health.
Prostate Cancer Recovery – Your Expectations are Our Goals
Our experience at Florida Hospital is that post-operative prostate surgery recovery time has been condensed. Taking time to allow your body to heal and following the guidelines above will help ensure your prostate cancer recovery meets your, and our, expectations.
Now, more than ever, complete prostate cancer recovery can be a realistic expectation. Talk to our knowledgeable staff to discuss eligibility for this state-of-the-art procedure. Contact us today.