Urologic Robotic Surgery Instructions
Loma Linda University Medical Center is committed to whole person healing—body, mind and spirit. Mental preparation for surgery has been shown in a number of studies to help improve surgical outcomes and recovery time. Here are some of the most important instructions for our most common urologic robotic surgery procedures.
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Before you are scheduled for a robotic prostatectomy or other urologic robotic surgery, you will have a detailed consultation with your physician. He or she will provide you with detailed information about the procedure, take a comprehensive medical history and answer any questions you may have about treatment options.
Once your surgery is scheduled, you will be given pre-surgical dietary instructions and you may need to have some additional lab tests.
On the day of your urologic robotic surgery, you'll meet with your surgical team. Once anesthesia has been administered, the surgery should take between 2-4 hours. The prostate, kidney or other urologic cyst is removed using operative principles that have been refined over the last several decades and a catheter may be inserted into your bladder to allow urine drainage during the healing process.
Once the surgery is complete, you'll spend some time in the recovery area then will be transferred to your regular room. By the end of the day, you should be able to walk with assistance. The majority of robotic surgery patients are able to return home the day after surgery. You will be provided with detailed patient care instructions and will return for a follow up appointment after your surgery. Most patients report that within 2-4 weeks they have returned to work and their regular activities.
For detailed instructions regarding robotic prostatectomy surgery, please click here.