Robot-Assisted Prostate Surgery: After You Leave the Hospital
Medications: Upon discharge from the hospital, you will be given three new prescriptions:
- Tylenol #3 or similar narcotic for pain control as needed
- Stool softener to take twice daily for two weeks
- Antibiotic to start taking on the morning of the day your catheter will be removed
Pain Control: You can expect to have some pain that may require pain medication for two to seven days after discharge, and then Tylenol should be sufficient to control your pain.
While the surgery is not pain-free, you should expect to feel a little better each day after surgery.
If you feel worse than the previous day, you must contact us as this could be a sign of a potential complication.
Showering: You may shower at home. Your wound sites can get wet, but must be patted dry. Tub baths can soak your incisions and therefore are not recommended in the first two weeks after surgery.
You may have adhesive strips across your incision. These are not to be removed. They will fall off in approximately five to seven days. Sutures will dissolve in four to six weeks.
- Taking walks is advised.
- Prolonged sitting or lying in bed should be avoided.
- Climbing stairs is possible.
- Driving should be avoided while your catheter is still in place.
- Absolutely no heavy lifting (greater than 10 pounds) for four weeks or until instructed by your doctor.
Most patients return to full activity on an average of three weeks after surgery. You can expect to return to work in approximately two to four weeks.
Diet: You should drink plenty of fluids and discuss with your doctor if you need to be on a salt or protein restricted diet.
Follow-up Appointment: On the day following discharge from the hospital, call 254-724-2592 to schedule a follow up visit for catheter removal. Typically this occurs one week after surgery. During this appointment you will obtain a long-term follow-up plan from your surgeon.