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What is the recovery after a robotic prostatectomy?

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The recovery after a robotic prostatectomy entails different stages, including a brief stay at the hospital and a recovery period at home that can take up to 4 weeks in some cases. The hospital stay can be up to 2 days, and during that time the patient may require an IV catheter, pelvic drain, pain medication and a urinary catheter, as noted by Johns Hopkins Medicine's James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute.

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When a patient is discharged, he still has the urinary catheter in place. He also receives instruction on pain medication, showering, wound care, resuming normal activities and what to expect during his recovery. The wound has adhesive strips on it that may either fall off or be removed in approximately a week. Removal of the Foley catheter occurs at the subsequent post-surgical visit that takes place between 1 and 2 weeks after the surgery. The sutures at the incision site are dissolvable and should be gone within 6 weeks time, as stated by the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute.

The patient can do activities, such as light walking. However, activities that involve any type of strenuous lifting or exercises are not allowed for at least 6 weeks. A patient can expect full recovery in about 4 weeks.

Robotic prostatectomy is a surgical procedure that uses a robot for assisting a surgeon in the removal of the prostate gland in cases where there is cancer. This surgery procedure involves making small incisions, unlike an open radical prostatectomy technique that requires a big incision. Robotic prostatectomy surgery may be beneficial because recovery and healing times are faster than in the open surgery procedure, states UC Davis Health System's Urology Department.

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