In the aftermath of having your prostate being removed, you will be encouraged to start moving around as soon as you can after your operation. This can help reduce the risk of complications. After prostate surgery, you will usually have a drip into a vein in your arm. This will stay in for a few hours after your operation until you are eating and drinking again.
If you have had an open prostatectomy, you will have a wound on your tummy or a wound between your scrotum and your back passage. If you have had a laparoscopic prostatectomy, you will have a few small wounds. You may have a small tube in the wound to drain any fluid coming from it. This is usually removed after a few days.
You may have some pain or discomfort. This might continue for a few weeks, particularly when you walk. Taking painkillers regularly should help this. Let the staff on the ward know if you are still in pain.
You will have a tube to drain urine from the bladder into a bag. Your catheter will usually stay in for a short while after you go home. This let’s urine drain while the urethra heals and any swelling goes down. It can be removed at the outpatient clinic 1 to 3 weeks after the operation.
A district nurse can visit you at home if needed to make sure your catheter is working well. If you have any problems, contact your doctor, specialist nurse, or the ward where you had your surgery as soon as possible.
If you had open surgery, you will probably be ready to go home after 3 to 7 days. If you had laparoscopic surgery, you can usually go home after 1 to 2 days.
Most men return to their normal activities 4 to 12 weeks after an operation for prostate cancer. It will depend on the type of surgery you have had. Men who have had robotic-assisted surgery usually recover faster and can get back to normal activities more quickly than men who have had open surgery.
Try to get plenty of rest and eat well. Do some light exercise, such as walking, to help build up your energy. You can slowly increase the amount you do. If you think you might have any difficulties coping at home after your operation, tell your nurse or social worker when you are admitted to the hospital. They can arrange help for when you go home.
Follow Up After Surgery
After your prostate has been removed, your PSA level should drop to a level so low that it is not possible to detect it in the blood. Your PSA level will be checked about 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. This can help your doctors tell whether they removed all of the cancer.
You will be given a clinic appointment to see the surgeon to check your wound is healing properly. They will also tell you about:
- The tissue removed during surgery
- The stage of the cancer
- Any further treatment you need
If you are experiencing prostate cancer symptoms then you should talk to your GP as soon as possible.