If you are about to have a prostate procedure, read these tips on how to prepare for prostate surgery. The thought of having any surgical procedure can cause anxiety in many, but this article will help you to better prepare for what lies ahead.
- Know all of the risks of prostate surgery. Many men experience incontinence and impotence after prostate surgery. Although this may seem a big risk, it is better than dying from the cancer itself. Although the incidence of urinary incontinence and impotence is lower in recent years after surgery, it is still a common side effect of prostate surgery. Be prepared for these outcomes and make plans on how you will deal with them. In learning how to prepare for prostate surgery, communication is the key. Talk with your partner about the fact that you may need to take pills or have assisted erections with a pump, and that sexual encounters may not be spontaneous and may never go back to normal. If a prostatectomy is needed ( total removal of the prostate gland) then you will be infertile. If you are a younger male who still wants to be able to father children, you can talk to your doctor about freezing your sperm before the procedure takes place.
- Days before the procedure there are important steps you need to take. After surgery and pain medications, you may become constipated. Since the prostate lies directly in front of the rectum, too much straining can cause more bleeding than normal after surgery. A week before surgery, start a regimen of stool softeners once daily. Although you may not be permitted to take any medications twenty four hours before surgery, you can continue these when you get home. Because you may come home with a temporary catheter in place, be sure to have supplies to clean around the catheter site. After the catheter is removed you may still experience some incontinence, so be sure to have incontinence pads in stock. Be sure you have arranged for others to assist you during your healing time, which can take a couple weeks to a month. This includes having others lift any objects for you and walking out to get your mail if it is a long distance.
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