Before and After Radical Prostate Surgery

Before and After Radical Prostate Surgery is a research-based, comprehensive, and comprehensible resource on prostate surgery in Canada. Aimed at men with concerns about prostate surgery and their partners, this invaluable guide includes chapters on preparing for prostate surgery, the surgery itself, recovery in hospital and at home, a list of recommended resources, and special sections to record personal notes and important contact information.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
COVER PAGE 1
TABLE OF CONTENTS 4
INTRODUCTION 6
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 8
BEFORE SURGERY, AT HOME 10
Who is a Candidate for Radical Prostate Surgery? 11
What is a Radical Prostatectomy? 11
The Types of Procedures Used 12
What Can You Do While Waiting? 17
Suggested Questions for You and Your Partner to Ask Your Urologist 21
BEFORE SURGERY, IN HOSPITAL 24
The Pre-Admission Clinic 25
THE SURGERY 28
What You Can Expect 29
AFTER SURGERY, IN HOSPITAL 30
When Surgery is Over, Then What? 31
Tips to Help Avoid Problems After Surgery 35
Going Home 37
AFTER SURGERY, AT HOME 40
Care of Your Incision 43
The Catheter 45
Urinary Incontinence 50
Erectile Dysfunction 53
Follow-Up with Your Urologist 54
Back to Work 54
Your Partner/Family 54
CLOSING WORDS 55
RESOURCES 56
YOUR NOTES 62
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS 65