What does the operation involve and are there any risks?
Radical prostatectomy is a major operation with potential risks and complications.
The time you will have to wait for your operation will vary depending on where you are, but current targets are within 62 days of the hospital receiving your referral. Bring any medication you are taking with you and show this to the nursing staff or doctor.
At the hospital
- You will be asked to go to the hospital before the operation for routine checks, including:
- Your blood pressure, pulse and temperature
- A urine test
- An ECG (tracing your heartbeats electrically)
- Blood tests
- A chest X-ray
Usually, you will be admitted either the day before or early on the day of your operation. Make sure that you do not eat or drink anything in the six hours before surgery, though you may be able to drink water until a few hours before your operation. Your medical team will explain this to you. On the day you go to hospital, you may have your blood pressure, pulse and temperature checked again. Most men are in hospital 2-4 days for laparoscopic and open surgery, or 1-2 days for robotic surgery but this can vary.