DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING ROBOTIC RADICAL PROSTATECTOMY
The walking will help you build strength. Gradually increase the amount of walking you do each day. Take planned rest periods during the day. The best gauge is your own body and how you feel. It is very important that you continue walking when you are discharged from the hospital. Not only will this build strength but will also aid in preventing blood clot formation in the legs.
As you have an abdominal incision, it is advisable to wear the abdominal binder provided to you whenever you are sitting up and/or ambulating. The binder can be safely removed when lying down for prolonged periods like sleeping.
Avoid bending for 3 months
If you must pick something up, bend with your knees and not your waist.
Avoid heavy (Greater than 5 pounds) lifting for 3 months
Anything you need to brace yourself to pick up is too heavy. Also avoid strenuous activity.
Stairs should not be avoided
Take them slowly at first. You may wish to group your activities, so that you do not have to make many trips up and down stairs during the first week you are home.
Driving should be avoided
Driving should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after surgery or until you are pain free without medication. Take breaks every couple hours if you are on extended trips. Get out of your car and walk around a bit.
Avoid riding bicycles/motor bikes for 3 months
Bathing /Shower Instructions
Patients can scrub their bodies upon discharge from the hospital with lukewarm water and soap. Bathing/ showering should be avoided as you risk getting your incisions/dressings wet. Tub baths or hot tubs in the first 2 weeks are discouraged as this will allow for prolonged soaking of your incisions and increase the risk of infection. If your wound sites get wet, these must be patted dry immediately after scrubbing.
You can resume bathing/showering with soap and water once the wounds have healed and sutures have been removed.
Managing your incisions
- Mild pain in incisions is normal/continue to take pain medications as advised
- Itching over wounds is a frequent occurrence and nothing to worry about.
- There is a tube (foley catheter) draining your urine at the moment. This tube shall be removed around the 9-10 th post operative day only after the operating team decides.
- Avoid unexpected pull on the catheter
- Remember to take the urine bag attached to the tube along when moving around
- Mild pain /discomfort around the catheter is expected
Contact us immediately if the yellow urinary tube slips out
Right after surgery, you may have some swelling in your genitals and groin region. There may also be some discharge from your penis/vagina. This is normal, the swelling and discharge should go away over a few weeks.
- While you are recovering, your appetite may be smaller than it was before surgery.
- Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large meals. Eating like this will help your digestion and give you energy throughout the day.
- It is important to take care of for your lung health to avoid pneumonias.
For this please do the following:
- Incentive spirometry as taught
- Steam inhalation twice a day for 2 weeks
- Avoid breathing exercises that cause sudden increase in abdominal pressure like Kapalabhati.
- As per your discharge papers
- Continue medication for heart, thyroid or diabetes as before.
- Blood thinners like Aspirin/Ecosprin/Clopidogrel to be restarted only after discussion with surgical team and cardiologist.
- Regular follow up as advised
RED ALERT SIGNS: Reasons to call the physician
- Your incision becomes red or swollen
- The skin around your incision is warmer than elsewhere and is slightly red
- There is drainage(pus/fluid) from your incision
- There is an opening in your incision if visible.
- Your urine output become less than it normally has been.
- There are chills or fever of 101degree Fahrenheit or more.
- Severe pain that is not relieved by pain medications.
- Blood in urine.
- Foul smelling urine.
- Urine not draining in the bag.
- Slippage of urinary tube on its own.
MBBS, MS, M.Ch, D.N.B (Urology)
Dr. (Prof) Sudhir Kumar Rawal Uro Surgical Oncology
M.S., M.Ch. (Urology)
Dr. Amitabh Singh Uro Surgical Oncology