Frequently asked questions.

A Surgical procedure to completely remove a prostate gland, using enhanced precision and vision of the Da Vinci robot

As compared to open procedure, patient has reduced chances of infection, impotence, and early recovery with equal cancer related outcomes

Robotic prostatectomy typically takes about 2 to 3 hours.

General anesthesia is required to keep patients sedated and to prevent pain during the procedure.

5-10% of patient will need blood transfusion

Yes, a catheter is inserted in the urethra and is connected to a drainage bag. During the prostatectomy, the catheter is used to drain the bladder.

The catheter is removed typically within seven to ten days following the procedure.

Patients are discharged once they are able to tolerate oral feed and mover around, roughly 2 days

Patients should avoid strenuous activity and take medications as directed. Local hygiene in from of regular washing of incision site and per urethral catheter, with soap and water, is recommended.

Yes, but that gradually improves with the Kegel exercise, advised after surgery.

Nerve preservation can be attempted in select cases, to preserve erectile function in selected cases, but sexual function recovery depends on age, prior sexual function, concurrent illness, medications and stress

While the prostate does not affect a male’s ability to have erections, the surrounding nerves that are critical for having an erection may be damaged during prostatectomy.

There are case in which important nerve for sexual function are removed, resulting in impotence. Erectile function, however, may be restored via nerve graft and reconstruction.

Although the recovery of erectile function varies, patients regain it within one to two year after surgery. In few reported case, erections may return in as 4 weeks spontaneously or with medication.

Reportedly, 84% of men said that erectile function returned to normal about one to two year after prostatectomy. Only 13% of men claimed their erections were weaker.

Prostatectomy does not affect libido. Your sex drive is primarily affected by testosterone.

You can resume physical intimacy as soon as you feel better. This potentially improves your chances of regaining erectile function much earlier. You can have sexual intercourse when erectile function is recovered within one to two years after prostatectomy. Also, there are treatments available for satisfactory sex life including Viagra and penile injection therapy.”

During laparoscopic and robotic prostatectomy, nerves associated with sexual function are spared if the cancer has not yet spread. It’s important to keep in mind that satisfactory erectile function is not guaranteed by nerve sparing because it is influenced by wide range of factors including age, medications as well as emotional and psychological stress.

The fluid in semen is produced by the prostate and seminal vesicles. With radical prostatectomy, the semen’s pathway is removed. As a result, you will experience as dry orgasm that lacks ejaculate.  

Orgasm can still occur as long as normal sensation is intact. Because orgasm happens in the brain, you’ll still able to have an orgasm without a prostate.

Since the semen can no longer be ejaculated due to the removal of the semen pathway during radical prostatectomy, you will be sterile. If you’re planning to have children, you sperm cells may be extracted from the testes or epididymis. You may also choose to cryopreserve your sperm before the procedure.

Yes, patient may travel by car or plane in five days after the procedure.

Patient can return to their daily activities within four weeks, however they should avoid vigorous exercises like weightlifting until six weeks after the operation.