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Prostate Removal Surgery Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you currently having any pain?
  • How often do you need to use your pain medicine?
  • How often are you walking or doing light exercise?
  • What is your level of incontinence? Dry when lying down? Walking? When straining, such as rising from a seated position or coughing?
  • Have you been able to achieve an erection?
  • What kind of emotional and home care support do you have to help with recovery?
  • Are you having prostate symptoms that interfere with your quality of life?
  • Do you know the results of previous PSA tests?
  • What other prostate treatments have you tried?
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • What other surgeries have you had in the past? Any abdominal surgeries?
  • What is your main concern about prostate removal surgery?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Why are you recommending prostate removal surgery for me?
  • What are my prostate removal surgery options? Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
  • What are the risks and possible complications of the prostate removal surgery you are recommending? How can I help prevent them?
  • How long will I be in the hospital after prostate removal surgery? How long does full recovery usually take?
  • What restrictions will I have after prostate removal surgery?
  • How active can I be until I see you next time? What restrictions do you recommend?
  • What symptoms could mean there is problem? When should I call you?
  • How long should I use my pain medicine? How can I avoid getting addicted to my pain medicine?
  • When do you expect me to regain urinary control?
  • When can I try to resume sexual activity?
  • What options do I have if I have difficulty with sexual activity?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my prostate removal surgery?
  • Is prostate removal surgery the best option for me? Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery? Will I need other treatments after my surgery, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy?
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Prostate Removal Surgery
Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
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