What should I expect after a laparoscopic prostatectomy?

After having a laparoscopic prostatectomy, you will be carefully monitored in the recovery room following surgery. That evening, you can expect to sit up in bed, drink fluids and take a short walk. Nearly all men who have laparoscopic prostatectomy are able to go home the next morning.

The urinary catheter remains in for only one week (rather than two to three weeks with open surgery). Most men return to work in two to three weeks and can resume activities such as golf and weight lifting in about three weeks.

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