radical prostatetctomy

February 2015

Why is a Bowel Cleanse Necessary for a da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy?

By |February 23rd, 2015|

Yes, I had to do a bowel cleanse before my prostate surgery, just as I had to do before a routine colonoscopy. You know the program – first drink this fluid and then the toilet becomes your new-best friend for the next 12 hours or so.

But why?

Why do you have to go through this not-very-pleasant experience before prostate surgery?

I did some research and came up with two possible explanations.
#1) To clean the intestine of stool, food particles and fecal matter to reduce the chances of infection.
The thinking is that if you do a bowel cleanse before major abdominal or pelvic surgery, you lower your chances of infection. Since the prostate is located deep inside the abdomen, if there is […]

December 2014

The Urological Trifecta after Radical Prostatectomy – What is it exactly?

By |December 27th, 2014|

Most of us have heard of the word, trifecta, especially as used in the horse racing world, but it can also mean “winning” three things in a row – a triple win if you will. Well urologists also use the term for men who undergo a radical prostatectomy or complete removal of the prostate.

What exactly is the trifecta or triple win after prostate surgery? It’s a very ambitious undertaking to accomplish three goals for you, the patient.
Trifecta Goal #1 Control and/or eliminate the prostate cancer in your body.
This of course has to be the most important goal of any treatment for prostate cancer – take care of the number one problem – eliminate the disease from your body.
Trifecta Goal […]

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