Prostate Cancer

7 July, 2021

Surgery is the most common treatment for treating prostate cancer if it is safe from spreading outside the prostate gland. 

Radical prostatectomy is the main type of surgery that is done for treating prostate cancer. In this surgery, the entire prostate gland is removed and the tissues around it, and the seminal vesicles. 

After going through the surgery, the doctors will shift you into the recovery room. After you are safe, you might go back to the ward. However, you might still feel drowsy because of the anaesthesia and painkillers given to you during the surgery.

Expectations During The Recovery Process After Prostate Surgery

After having prostate cancer surgery, you will have to take care of your wound. In addition, you might face some issues after the surgery like constipation, coping up with post-surgical effects like erectile dysfunction, and much more. 

You must follow your surgeon’s instructions and advice. This will prevent you from complications and will ensure proper healing. 

Usually, you will have to stay for one or two days in the hospital after the surgery. After that, your recovery period at home is for four to six weeks. If you find that the medication is not enough, then you can discuss that with your doctor. 

After a week of prostate cancer surgery, the surgery site will be healed. Then, your catheter is removed. This happens after seven to ten days of surgery and is usually done at the doctor’s office.

Your cancer specialist will advise you not to do any activity that will put a strain on your body, like heavy lifting for about a month after the surgery. Therefore, you must have complete bed rest for at least four weeks. 

Usually, after one month of having the surgery, your life will start getting back to normal. But, in some men, it is observed to have some side effects like urine leaking or erectile dysfunction.

Recovering from the surgery might take some time, but these side effects are generally temporary. However, if you find yourself suffering more than usual, then it is preferred that you discuss all of your issues with your cancer specialist. 


Tips For Recovering From Prostate Surgery

Patience is the key to having a successful prostate surgery recovery. Here is a list of some tips that you can follow for a better recovery from prostate surgery.

  • Have A Plan

After having the surgery, you might not be able to do anything. Therefore, arrange for a driver to drive you back home from the hospital. Get assistance at home to help you out. Ask your doctor about the restrictions and when you should get back to work.

  • Follow Your Doctor’s Advice

You must follow the instructions given by the doctor to ensure a successful recovery after the prostate removal. Follow the diet advised by your doctor and take all the medications on time. Maintain hygiene and take care of your wound at the site of the surgery. If you have any concerns, then talk to your doctor immediately. 

  • Stay Ahead Of Your Pain

Your prostate surgery may make you uncomfortable and sore. Therefore, you must take the pain relief medicines on time. Painkillers can take time to work, and consequently, you must not wait for your pain to worsen to take the medications. 

If you find that the painkillers are not working and your pain keeps increasing, inform your doctor. 

  • Get Plenty Of Rest

After the surgery, you might feel tired. Therefore, get a lot of rest and don’t exert yourself. Then, slowly you can increase your activities. For example, it would be best to take a short walk at least six times a day. In most cases, people begin doing normal activities within ten days and complete activities within four weeks.



Undergoing prostate cancer surgery can be stressful, and finding the right treatment centre can be a more stressful job. Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre is one of the most renowned cancer hospitals in India. They offer treatment for almost all types of cancer

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre is the largest tertiary cancer care institute in Asia. Therefore, it is a hotspot from people all around the world for treating cancer. 


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