Before coming on to prostate cancer and its surgery, let’s first know about the prostate. It is because there are several types of prostate cancer surgery, beginning with the fundamentals.
Prostate cancer by the name itself signifies cancer in the prostate. Now, what is the prostate? The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland present in males that are responsible for secreting seminal fluids. These seminal fluids nourish the sperm during ejaculation that helps in the transportation of the sperm.
The prostate is located just below the urethra, covering the seminal vesicle and vas deferens. Even though the urethra doesn’t pass between the prostate, having a tumour will enlarge its size and consequently affect the urethra. This is why men with prostate cancer face difficulty while urinating, erection difficulty, bone pain, decreased urine stream, or blood in the semen.
Now you can understand why sometimes men are prescribed PDE5 inhibitor groups of drugs like Viagra or Cenforce 100 after undergoing prostatectomy. Cenforce 100 or Viagra contains sildenafil citrate that regulates blood flow through the penis, stimulating erection. But consuming Cenforce 100 is not necessary, consult your doctor.
When a tumour develops inside the prostate gland due to abnormal growth of cells inside the prostate gland. As per the doctors, this occurs due to changes in the DNA because these DNA cells contain the instructions for the other cells.
Below are some complications that may occur due to tumours in the prostate:-
Prostatitis: It is a condition in which the prostate gland gets infected and is
simply cured by the intake of antibiotics.
Prostate Enlargement: This condition is characterized by the enlargement of the prostate gland and is also known as Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy(BPH). It happens only with men, which leads to urinary.
Incontinence: It can be treated either with surgery and, in some cases, medication.
Prostate Cancer: It is one of the most common types of cancer in men characterized by abnormal cells in the organ. These abnormal cells grow rapidly in the organ, thus leading to the formation of a tumour. Eventually, these cells travel to the entire body making the disease lethal.
Though it is common with men, it can be treated with the help of surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy.
Precautions after surgery vary a bit according to the type of surgery performed.
Types of surgeries: It depends on the condition of the prostate:
(i) Open Prostatectomy: It is a traditional way of open surgery where an incision is made through the lower abdomen, and in some cases, it is made between the rectum and the base of the penis. Such surgeries are recommended if:
- Your prostate is enlarged.
- You have a bladder stone or pouches in the bladder
There are two main approaches for open prostatectomy:
- Radical retropubic: The incision is made from the belly button to the pubic bone, and the surgeon removes only the bladder part.
- Radical perineal approach: In such surgeries, the surgeon will cut the rectum and scrotum, performed when a person has other medical conditions that complicate retropubic surgery.
(i) Laparoscopic Surgery: It is a nominal invasive approach to prostate surgery in which people experience less blood loss, pain and recovery time is faster than open prostatectomy. There are two main ways to this kind of procedure:
- Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: This surgery is performed with the help of a certain surgical instrument inserted through small cuts. The surgeons use a camera to see into the operated area.
- Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: Such surgeries approach the robotic interface for the surgery. The surgeon instructs the robotic interface accordingly while looking into the camera. This increases flexibility and precision than the other types of surgeries.
Instructions to be followed after surgery:
- It would help if you always kept your incision area clean to avoid infection.
- It would help if you avoided physical activities such as driving, climbing stairs, swimming, hot tub baths for a week as they affect the stitches.
- One should avoid sitting in the same position for 45 mins or more.
- Taking the medication with discipline will help you to recover fast.
- You should neglect high energy activities for six weeks to avoid giving stress to the operated parts.
Possible Surgery Complications
Now the question arises why we should follow these instructions mentioned above?
There are inevitable consequences of not following instructions, such as:-
Urinary problem: This includes urinary incontinence, it's natural to have blood in urine after a few days of surgery, but it can get worse if you don't take care of it. You may find a continued flow of thick blood for several days. These problems get resolved several months after surgery.
Erection difficulty: It’s normal to not have an erection after eight to twelve weeks of the surgery, but this temporary issue can become a permanent problem of erectile dysfunction because of injury in the nerves. This can also happen during the surgery if nerves get injured or are not handled with care.
Often men prefer having pills like Cenforce 100 or Viagra after prostate cancer surgery. But consuming Cenforce 100 just after the possible may or may not be possible due to other medicines necessary after the surgery. So please consult your doctor; he will guide you with some necessary precautions to help you with erection difficulty. Cenforce 100 contains sildenafil citrate that works on the PDE5 inhibitor enzyme responsible for stimulating erection.
This doesn’t mean consuming pills like Viagra, or Cenforce 100 is the only option to help an erection. Always consult your doctor before consuming any medicine after the surgery, including Cenforce 100 or Viagra.
This was a cyclic overview of prostate cancer, surgeries related to it, things to be followed after the operation and the consequences of not following the safety instructions. Do not take the risk of your health. Instead, follow necessary guidelines to avoid complications.