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    Preparing for radical prostatectomy
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    Basir U Tareen, MD posted:
    For those men preparing for radical prostatectomy (either robotic or open) I would highly encourage you to talk to your surgeon about steps you can take to make your sugical outcomes better.

    A new diagnosis of cancer often leaves patients feeling helpless. Once you have done the appropriate research and discussed treatment options I have a few tips for those men who choose radical prostatectomy.

    1. Attempt to "get in shape" and if you are overweight, consider losing some weight prior to surgery. I find that men who are in excellent cardiovascular health, often bounce back quicker after surgery.

    2. Learn about and practice Kegel exercises. These (often simple) exercises will help the return to continence after surgery.

    3. For those men who are sexually active, ask your urologist if it is appropriate to begin prophylactic treatment with ED medications just prior to and during the immediate post-operative period.

    Best of luck to those preparing for and undergoing surgery.
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    billh99 responded:
    1. Attempt to "get in shape" and if you are overweight, consider losing some weight prior to surgery. I find that men who are in excellent cardiovascular health, often bounce back quicker after surgery.


    2. Learn about and practice Kegel exercises. These (often simple) exercises will help the return to continence after surgery.


    I had a CABG 15 months earlier due to a blockage that cause SOB. But no MI or angina.

    So I was on optimum medical treatment and TLC including extensive exercise.

    And I practiced Kegels for about 2 months before surgery.

    I credit those for a quick physical recovery, even at the age of 67. And I was dry 8 days after removing the catheter and started having erection 2 days later.


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