Robotic Prostatectomy-FAQ

Q: How do I know if I am a candidate for robotic prostatectomy?
A: Potential candidates for the robotic surgery must be under 75 years old and weigh less than 250 lbs. In addition, having had pervious pelvic radiation or multiple abdominal surgeries will make you ineligible for this procedure.

Q: Will my insurance cover robotic surgery?
A: The majority of insurance companies pay for this surgery as they would the traditional prostatectomy, however there are exceptions. Please consult with your insurance carrier to confirm your coverage.

Q: Does the robotic prostatectomy result in a higher cancer cure rate than traditional surgery?
A: Traditional surgery results in very high cancer cure rates. Because of its precision, the completeness of cancer removal may be even higher for robotic prostatectomy than a traditional prostatectomy.

Q: How long does the operation take?
A: Typically, the procedure itself will take four hours.

Q: Will this operation render me sterile?
A: Yes, all patients undergoing either type of prostatectomy will be rendered sterile (i.e. will not be able to father children) after the procedure.

Q: How long can I expect to stay in the hospital after the procedure?
A: The average patient stay is 1-3 days.

Q: After the surgery, when will I be able to resume normal activities?
A: Some of the major advantages of this surgery are decreased bleeding and decreased pain which results in a faster and easier recuperation time. Most individuals will be able to resume normal activities within a few days of surgery.

Q: How long can I expect to be off work after the procedure?
A: You should be able to resume normal activities in two weeks. However, this varies by patient and should be discussed with your physician.

Q: How long will it take to regain complete urinary control after the surgery?
A: Ninety percent of patients undergoing robotic prostatectomy will regain full urinary control two months after the surgery and ninety-six percent within six months.

Q: Will I be able to have normal sexual relations immediately after the surgery?
A: Sexual function generally returns over a period of time. Although all individuals are different, physicians work closely with patients to ensure the best possible outcomes after surgery, including sexual function.


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