Understanding Prostate Cancer Surgery


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The last thing you want to think about is prostate cancer surgery. With the thought of all the uncomfortable tests and then the surgery itself, which takes organs from your body, scares many people. You never want to think about it or imagine it could happen to you.

The surgery itself is irreversible and over time, the affects this has on ones life will become known. Although the side effects are not life threatening to speak, but if complications arise from other health problems it could be. Men experience a *** performance problem and in some cases and will need counseling.

What is Prostatectomy This type of procedure consists of removing the entire prostate gland along with nearby tissue that may have cancer cells that have spread to them. The two methods used are perineal and retro public.

The retro public method requires removal of the prostate through a small incision right below your belly button and about an inch above the penis. The other procedure, perineal is done with an incision between the rectum and the scrotum. This way sounds more painful than the retro public method.

Before the prostate cancer surgery, a catheter is inserted in your bladder through the tip of the penis. While the catheter is in place, all urine is drained from the bladder during the surgery and your recovery. Usually two weeks past before having the catheter removed.

Once they remove the catheter, you might experience some problems with urinary control for days, weeks and sometimes months. Not all men experience this unfortunate condition. An exception would be sometimes when you lift things or cough you might notice a little incontinence.

Another side affect that results from prostate cancer surgery, the inability to perform sexually, happen if nerves on both sides of the prostate become damaged during the surgery. If you have this problem before surgery, the affects will become more apparent after the surgery. In addition, you need to know if you do obtain an erection, orgasms may be hard to achieve and in some cases, loss of bodily function control during an orgasm may result.

Another newer method of prostate cancer surgery done with robotics’ helps to limit the *** effects as well as the urinary problems. This procedure is called laparoscopic surgery. This new procedure might not be an option with your doctor, but he or she may refer you to another doctor for this procedure.

Before deciding on what surgery you want to have, you need to consider all the side effects and whatever way you decide, needs to rid your body of cancer. Testing and early prevention also helps determine what type of prostate cancer surgery you need.

You can also find more info on Prostate Exam and Laser Prostate Treatment . Prostatecancertreatmenthelp.com is a comprehensive resource to know more about prostate cancer treatment.


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