Life After Prostate Removal

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Sometimes it may be necessary for a prostate cancer patient to have their prostate removed, but what does that mean? What happens after prostate removal?
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"For many men with prostate cancer, prostate removal is never needed because the cancer is often slow-growing and managed with non-surgical treatments. But, if the cancer has grown beyond the prostate, the oncologist may recommend prostate removal surgery, also called a prostatectomy. If you are going to have prostate removal surgery, this information can help you in your discussion with the doctors.

Facts About Prostate Removal Surgery
Prostate cancer surgery can be extremely concerning for many patients. You may be wondering how your surgery will be performed because of your prostate gland"s location. You"ll probably have questions about pain and the side effects including questions about your sexual life afterward and your ability to control urine.

The good news is that today"s technology offers minimally-invasive prostate removal surgery. The method is known as Robotically Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy (RALP). RALP is the most often used surgical method for prostate cancer. The da Vinci robotic system allows surgeons to use one or more small incisions (about one-half inch in length) for your surgery. Surgeons use a high-magnification 3D camera system to help them operate with accuracy.

Advantages of RALP over traditional surgery include:
Small incisions
Less blood loss than in traditional surgeries
Less pain than an open incision surgery
Less risk of infection over other kinds of surgery
Shorter stay in the hospital
Faster recovery at home
The magnification system provides your surgeon with a clear view of the tiny blood vessels, nerves, and muscles surrounding your prostate to help minimize side effects after your surgery.

Not every man who needs prostate removal surgery will be a candidate for robotic surgery. Each prostate cancer patient"s situation is unique, with some patients requiring a different surgical method either traditional open surgery or, less frequently, radical perineal prostatectomy."

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