Risks of Surgery
Risks of prostatectomy include:
- Bowel incontinence (difficulty controlling bowel movements)
- Urinary incontinence (difficulty controlling urine)
- Impotence (erection problems)
- Rectum injury
- Tightening of the urinary opening due to scar tissue (urethral stricture)
Before The Procedure
You will have a thorough physical exam and may need other tests. Your team will make certain that medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart or lung problems are managed before the procedure.
- Stop smoking a few weeks before surgery. Nicotine interferes with healing.
- Inform your surgeon or nurse what drugs, vitamins, and supplements that you are taking.
Weeks Before Surgery
- You will be required to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn), vitamin E, warfarin Coumadin), and any drug that will make it hard for your blood to clot.
- On the day before surgery, drink just clean fluids.
- In some cases, your nurse will give you a special laxative on the day before your surgery. This will clean your colon of unnecessary contents.
On the Day of the Surgery
- Avoid drinking or eating anything after midnight before the surgery.
- Take the medicines that your surgeon prescribed with a small sip of water.
Your surgeon or nurse will explain to you the schedule and how to prepare yourself hours before the surgery.
Take the first step and contact us through our no-cost virtual consultation. During this process, we will recommend options that will work best for you. Every client is different, so our virtual consultants and surgeons tailor the procedure to match each person’s needs.