Frequently Asked Questions
1. What's the difference between radical prostatectomy and prostatectomy?
Prostatectomy is most commonly used to treat localized prostate cancer. It can be used on its own or in combination with other treatments including radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy. To treat men with localized prostate cancer, a radical prostatectomy is a surgery that removes the entire prostate gland and associated lymph nodes.
2. Is it true that a radical prostatectomy is a major surgery?
The goal of a radical prostatectomy is to eliminate prostate cancer completely. It is a serious procedure with the potential for complications. This form of surgery may not be essential if you're an older man with slow-growing prostate cancer.
3. How long will you live after a radical prostatectomy?
Based on the natural history of localized prostate cancer, males treated with radical prostatectomy (RP) or definitive external-beam radiation (EBRT) should have a life expectancy (LE) of more than ten years.
4. What are the risks associated with a radical prostatectomy?
Urinary incontinence (inability to control urine) and erectile dysfunction are the most common side effects after radical prostatectomy (impotence; problems getting or keeping erections). Other types of prostate cancer treatment can also cause these side effects.
5. Is it possible for the prostate to grow back after a radical prostatectomy?
Prostate cancer can recur after a prostatectomy. According to a 2013 study, 20-40% of men with prostate cancer relapse within 10 years of undergoing a radical prostatectomy.
6. Can I get hard after a prostatectomy?
Following your operation, your doctor may prescribe drugs such as sildenafil, vardenafil, or tadalafil. These drugs act by increasing blood flow to the penis, which may help you get an erection again.
7. Is prostatectomy surgery painful?
Because prostate removal is a big procedure, expect some discomfort and anguish. At first, you'll be given pain medicine by IV, and your doctor may also prescribe pain medication for you to take at home. For the first week, you will also have a urine catheter in place, which you may find painful.
8. Is it possible to live without a prostate?
No is the answer! If there is urine in the bladder (which there almost always is), it will flow right out. Men who don't have a prostate need to find another technique to control their urinating.
9. Is it possible to live a regular life after prostate surgery?
By six months after surgery, the majority of men have significantly improved. For security, many men may continue to wear a very thin pad." Kegel exercises, which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, are a common first-line treatment for urine incontinence.
10. What is the most prevalent issue that arises following a prostatectomy?
By six months after surgery, the majority of men have significantly improved. For security, many men may continue to wear a very thin pad." Kegel exercises, which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, are a common first-line treatment for urine incontinence.After a radical prostatectomy to remove the prostate gland, you may experience bladder issues such as leaks and difficulties passing urine. Urine leakage is one of the most prevalent complications following a radical prostatectomy.
11. Is viagra effective after a prostatectomy?
In men who have had their prostate removed, Viagra is an excellent treatment for impotence. The medicine enhances the capacity to get an erection by approximately 60% in men who have nerves spared, while it only works 20% of the time in guys who have no nerves spared.
12. After prostate surgery, how long does it take to restore bladder control?
In the weeks after the catheter is removed, most patients regain control. Within 3 to 18 months after surgery, the vast majority of men who had normal urine control before the treatment regain it.
13. What does a high PSA after prostate ectomy mean?
A PSA of more than 0.2 ng/ml is considered high following prostatectomy. If the prostate cells have developed to the point where detectable amounts of PSA may be detected, this could be concerning for both the patient and the doctor.