Being diagnosed with cancer is scary enough, but finding out that it is located in the prostate is especially distressing for men. What will having the cancer removed mean for the future? Here are some of the results to expect after undergoing prostate cancer surgery.
Dealing with Pain
The worst of your pain will take place immediately after the surgery. The good news is that many men find that they can manage using tylenol once they are rested. The doctor will provide guidelines for what to use and how often to use it.
Keep in mind that it is not unusual to experience pain in the abdomen in the days after the surgery. You just underwent surgery and we recommend getting rest. Be mindful that your body is in shock and underwent a traumatic experience, be kind to yourself and try to relax.
Wearing a Catheter
During your prostate cancer surgery, a catheter is inserted. This will help make it easier for your bladder to discharge urine while you go through the first few days of recovery. Your medical team will provide instructions for taking care of the catheter. It’s important to talk with your doctor about these issues so you can be fully informed.
Dealing with Constipation
Your body has been through a trauma, so expect your bladder and bowels to need some time to recover. If you do experience constipation, try drinking more fluids and consuming smaller meals that your body can digest with relative ease. Talk to your doctor about meal preparation or something to help your digestion.
Getting Your Strength Back
Your doctor will provide specific instructions for physical activity after the surgery. When the time is right, you can begin to perform exercises to help build up your strength. Your doctor and you will discuss the steps to ensure your healthy and speedy recovery. Doing too much early on will only create complications that you don’t need.
Contacting Urology Experts
For more information about prostate cancer surgery and what to expect, call or set up an appointment with the team at Urology Experts. The information you receive will help calm those fears and make the recovery period much easier.