Patients prepare for prostate surgery by showering with a Hibiclens solution one day before and the day of the surgery, according to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Patients cease alcohol intake, eat a light diet, and perform the bowel preparation with a saline enema the night before surgery.
In consultation with a physician, patients may need to cease taking certain medications one week or a few days prior to prostate surgery, explains Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The day of the surgery, patients must not apply any powder, deodorant, lotion, cream or cologne. They must remove all jewelry and body piercings because equipment used during surgery can cause burns to the skin if metal is present. Patients must remove all hearing aids, prosthetic devices, wigs and dentures before entering the operating room.
Ten days prior to a prostate surgery, men complete breathing and coughing exercises as recommended by a physician, explains Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In many cases, patients receive an incentive spirometer to assist with expanding the lungs. Doctors also recommend pelvic floor muscle exercises to strengthen muscles that have the potential to weaken as a result of surgery. Some men also choose to make deposits at a sperm bank because they are no longer able to ejaculate after certain types of prostate surgery.