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What to Expect

Knowing What to Expect Provides Peace of Mind

Knowing what to expect before and after robotic prostatectomy surgery will help you best prepare for this procedure. The first thing you should expect is good outcomes. Our surgeons have demonstrated superior results for cancer control, urinary continence and the ability to have sex after prostate surgery.

Visit both our before prostate surgery and after prostate surgery pages for specific advice on pre and post-operative care.

General Guidelines

Keep in mind that recuperation and recovery after prostate removal surgery is different for every patient; however, here are some general guidelines.

  • Nearly all of our patients leave the hospital within 24-hours after their surgery.
  • Most patients are able to have their catheter removed within 4-6 days after surgery.
  • More than 30% of our patients have full bladder control within one week following surgery. Nearly all patients regain full bladder control within 3 months. Learn more about incontinence after prostate surgery.
  • After prostate 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.
  • Potency outcomes depend upon patient characteristics and your preoperative performance.

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

Your choice of a robotic prostatectomy normally leads to fewer complications, reduced post-operative pain, and quicker return to a normal lifestyle. If you have any additional questions on what you can expect, contact us today.