- If you develop a rash around your penis/groin area, you may have a fungal infection. This usually responds well to an over-the-counter antifungal cream (e.g. Itchguard). If this problem persists, please consult a skin specialist for a stronger prescription cream. To prevent a fungal infection, keep the skin area dry with regular pad change and Talc powder.
- You may experience some perineal discomfort when sitting as well as some discomfort at the tip of the penis for a period of time. If needed, don’t hesitate to continue the use Tablet Paracetamol 650 mg or Tablet Brufen 400 mg on an as needed basis. This discomfort will improve in the upcoming weeks.
- You may continue to increase your daily activity, including driving a car. Refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous exercises for an additional 4 weeks. Listen to your body!
- Rarely, patients undergoing robotic prostatectomy may develop obstructive voiding symptoms (weak stream, straining to empty the bladder). Should these symptoms occur, please contact us. There is a small possibility of a narrowing in your urinary passage after the surgery, which may need a small procedure.
- Your first PSA blood test should be done 1 month following surgery. Please schedule an appointment for a review by your surgeon with the PSA report.
To derive maximal benefits from your surgery and to live a long and healthy life, it is very important to pay attention to the other aspects of your health and wellbeing. Simple habits, if inculcated into your daily routine, go a long way to promote wellness and significantly decrease the chances that you will have any other health problem in the years to come. Some of these tips like healthy eating and regular exercise have also been shown in research studies, to decrease the chances of prostate cancer coming back after surgery…. after all is said and done, it is ultimately in your hands now!