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What should someone expect after radical prostatectomy?

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Most men stay in the hospital for one to three days after radical prostatectomy. A urinary catheter is inserted during the surgery, and some men may need to wear the catheter home for a few days to a few weeks. Another catheter inserted through the skin also may need to stay in place for a few days after returning home. Pain after radical prostatectomy can generally be controlled with prescription pain medicines. It can take weeks or months for urinary and sexual function to return to their maximum levels. After radical prostatectomy, regular follow-up is essential to make sure prostate cancer does not return.

From: Prostate Cancer: Radical Prostatectomy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Wein, A. 9th edition, Saunders, 2007. Campbell-Walsh Urology,

Oncology Stat: "Minimally Invasive Prostatectomy Better on Some Measures, Worse on Others."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 20, 2016

SOURCES:

Wein, A. 9th edition, Saunders, 2007. Campbell-Walsh Urology,

Oncology Stat: "Minimally Invasive Prostatectomy Better on Some Measures, Worse on Others."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 20, 2016

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