By MaleProstateHealth • December 15, 2016 • Comments Off on Continence and Erectile Rehabilitation Following Prostate Cancer Surgery by Dr Phillip Katelaris
Dr Katelaris is a specialist surgeon in the area of rehabilitation after prostate cancer surgery. He discusses with his patients PRIOR to surgery so that they understand the possible side effects.
Although most patients don't necessarily take this information in, it's important to know. Most men at 3 months after surgery will be interested in getting their relationship back on track but usually find that they should have been 'doing something about it' by then.
That is, continence problems need to be sorted as soon as possible so that the patient can think about sexual activity. Quality of life is imperative.
A rehabilitation team can do the best in treating each of the issues that occur: a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist; the Prosthetic Urological Surgeon, the Sex Therapist/Psychotherapist and a support group.
Pelvic Floor Exercises are well explained to gain continence control; if these don't work then the knowledge of other forms of treatment such as the sling or artificial urinary sphincter are available.
With regard to erectile function, as Dr Gillman has explained, there are many options to try before making the decision to have a penile implant. Having this knowledge empowers the patient to make the best decisions to improve and maintain the quality of life men want to enjoy with their partner.
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