Common Side Effects After Surgery for Prostate Cancer
It will take you a few weeks to feel better after surgery. Here are some of the things you can expect during your recovery.
Discomfort at the place where the surgeon made the incision
Trouble controlling your flow of urine, called urinary incontinence
Decrease in your ability to have an erection, called erectile dysfunction or impotence
Your healthcare team will help you learn how to cope with these. After your prostate is removed, you will have only dry orgasms. That’s because you have lost the ability to make the fluid that carries semen.
Other side effects may be temporary. It may take 2 months to a year or more to know which side effects will go away. Some men have urinary incontinence or impotence permanently after surgery.
Surgery for prostate cancer can affect how you respond during sex. This can be a concern for both you and your partner. Share your concerns with your doctor. He or she may be able to advise you on ways to express physical and emotional love during and after your treatment. You may want to ask your doctor to recommend a counselor that you and your partner can talk with. Seeking support and learning to communicate feelings and needs can help couples.