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You will stay in the hospital for one to two days following surgery. During a hospital stay, you may:
Alternative Names Prostate Removal
Patients undergo the procedure using general anesthesia (completely asleep.) Five small incisions are made across the abdomen and ports are placed in them, four for the robot’s camera and instrument arms and a fifth for passing needles in and out during surgery. An additional, smaller incision is made for the passing of instruments.
The urologist is able to reach the prostate precisely by entering the abdominal cavity. The prostate is removed through an incision with a scalpel or similar instrument and lymph nodes are then removed for sampling. The area is cleaned, a catheter is inserted and the site is sutured.
Very tiny incisions are made through which a magnified 3-dimensional high-definition vision system and wristed instruments that bend and rotate to enable the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control are inserted.
While it may vary based on patient weight and size of the prostate and scarring present in the region, most surgeries are completed in about three hours.
Normally, it is a one-to-two day hospitalization.
Most men fully recover within a month. Note that urinary and sexual function may take sevral months and up to a year to resume.
It may take a few months to a year, about 90 percent of patients are dry after 12 months. In the intervening months, patients may have some stress incontinence when sneezing or coughing.
Erectile function varies based on age, recovery time and if one or both of the nerve bundles were spared. In cases where men underwent nerve-sparring surgery, erectile function typically returns in about 50 to 80 percent of patients after a year.
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