Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy is the surgical removal of the prostate through and abdominal incision. This surgical procedure is performed in the hospital. Hospital stay is 2-4 days.
During your time in the hospital
- You will experience incisional discomfort; your pain will always be in control.
- You will have a drain in place, to drain any excess fluids.
- You will have a catheter in place.
- You will be expected to be up and walking as soon as possible.
- Your diet will be gradually increased.
After the hospital:
- Dressing: there will be an abdominal dressing which will need to be changed at home daily and as needed.
- Drain: The drain will stay in place for up to 10-14 days and will be removed in the office.
- Staples: your incision will be closed utilizing staples; these will be removed in 10-14 days in the office.
- Catheter: will remain in place for 3 weeks after surgery. The catheter will be removed in the office, it is recommended that you bring a Depend Brief with you as you may be incontinent (unable to control your urine). It may take many months after surgery before you are able to control your urine.
- VNA: occasionally your doctor will order VNA to come to your home to assist with the dressing changes and catheter care.
- Prescriptions will be provided before discharge from the hospital.
- The office will call to arrange your office visits.
- Walking is encouraged.
- No driving for 1 week after surgery, may ride as a passenger.
- No lifting more than 15lbs for 2 weeks. After 4 weeks may lift up to 30lbs.
- Showering after staples are removed.
You will need to purchase these supplies at your local pharmacy BEFORE your surgery
- Sterile 4×4’s (gauze sponges)
- ABD pads
- Non-sterile gloves
- Paper tape
- Depend Briefs
Educational Material about Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy