Hello, my name is Simon. I am a 59-year-old man who lives alone in downtown Perth. I am pleased to say that I have never had to spend a night in a hospital. This is because I know how to take care of myself. When I was growing up my grandpa often used to tell me that if you eat well and exercise, you will live a long life. He died aged 95, so he must have known something. However, it was only when I became friends with a doctor, that I discovered all the other things I could do to stay healthy. I decided to start this blog to encourage others to look after their health.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Surgery can remove part or all of the prostate to treat this disease and prevent the cancer from spreading. Here are a few tips that can help you to recover from prostate cancer surgery as quickly and comfortably as possible.
1. Keep the Catheter and Urethra Clean
Most men need to use a catheter after prostate cancer surgery to allow urine to pass out of the bladder, past the prostate, and out through the penis. It is very important to keep this catheter and the opening that it passes into as clean as possible. Gently wash this area regularly to prevent bacteria from entering through the catheter and causing an infection.
2. Take Pain Medication
Many men experience pain or discomfort after surgery, but there is no need to suffer through this pain. You can take pain medications to reduce discomfort so that you can rest, sleep, and spend time with your family in comfort.
Your doctor might prescribe medication for you to take or tell you to use over-the-counter medications. In either case, you should be careful not to exceed the recommended dose of the medication. If you are in any doubt about how much medication to take or how often to take it, ask your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.
3. Avoid Lifting Heavy Weights
After prostate cancer surgery, you should avoid lifting heavy weights, as you could tear your surgical incision. That means not only cancelling your weightlifting session at the gym but also being careful at work and at home for a short period. If you care for kids, arrange help so that you don't have to lift them. Ask your boss for accommodations at work.
4. Take It Easy
When recovering from any kind of surgery, rest is important. While it is fine to take gentle exercise, such as a short walk, if you feel up to it, you should expect to feel a bit more tired than usual for a few days. Do not try to carry on with a regular training routine. If possible, schedule some time off work so that you can get plenty of sleep and recover without having to deal with the physical or mental stresses of the workplace.
5. Call Your Doctor If Anything Goes Wrong
Keep your doctor's phone number close at hand. If you develop signs of an infection, such as a fever or increased pain at the surgical site, get in touch right away.Share
22 July 2021