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    Tips to a speedy recovery after robotic radical prostatectomy
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    Basir U Tareen, MD posted:
    There are several things individual patients can do to help their post op recovery after robotic prostatectomy. Here are a few tips:

    1. If you are overweight, try to lose weight leading up to surgery. Even a 5 to 10lb weight loss may make your surgical recovery faster.

    2. Improve your cardiovascular fitness prior to surgery.

    3. Early ambulation following surgery (later same day and in the days after surgery) will help recovery and reduce likelihood of complications such as pneumonia.

    4. As soon as the catheter comes out start Kegel exercises and "penile rehab." (ie, daily viagra/cialis/levitra, use of pump, etc.)

    5. A healthy diet and regular exercise following surgery is just as important afterwards.
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    spanz responded:
    I would recommend a light high-fiber diet for the first 2 weeks. your digestive system shuts down from the drugs and surgery, so it does not move the waste thru very well. If you get constipated, the pain from that and the gas will be bad.
     
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    billh99 responded:
    I would add to that to start Kegel exercises before the surgery.


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