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 Is the robotic procedure covered by insurance?
Yes. Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy with or without the robot have their own ICD-9 code and are covered by insurance, i.e. not experimental.

 How soon can the procedure be scheduled?
Approximately 4-6 weeks, during which time a medical clearance is commonly obtained. Prostate cancer is very slow growing and this delay will not jeopardize success or outcome. It is also beneficial to allow at least 6 weeks between prostate biopsy and surgery to allow proper healing.
 
 How long does the procedure take?
Between 3-5 hours
 
 Can you tell if the cancer has spread during the operation?
Only in rare, advanced cases. In most patients, the cancer is microscopic and can only be accurately assessed by the pathologist. Suspicious findings may be biopsied and evaluated by frozen section.

 Where will I go after the procedure?
Most patients can go to a regular room after recovery. Rooms are private, and one family member may stay in the room.
 
 How long will I be in the hospital?
Usually 23 hours, some may stay up to 2 days.
 
 When will the pathology report be available?
7-10 days
 
 When does the catheter come out?
If the anastamosis is water tight, we usually remove the catheter in 7 days.
 
 Is it usual not to have a bowel movement immediately?
Yes, pain medication can cause constipation.  Remember to take your stool softener and drink plenty of fluids.  You may try prune juice or black coffee.  If none of this works, call the office and you possibly may be allowed to try a laxative by mouth.
 
 Is it usual to see blood in my urine?
Yes, if this is light pink, this may mean you are over doing it or need to drink more fluids.  If urine is red please call office.
 
 Is it usual for urine to leak around catheter?
Yes, this is called a bladder spasm and the physician may be able to prescribe a medication to help with this.



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