Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy abroad – cost, process, recovery
If you have prostate cancer and it is localised only in the organ (no metastasis), and you are willing to start the treatment – the laparoscopic radical prostatectomy abroad might be a good option for you. The laparoscopic prostatectomy includes lower complications rate and milder sore sensations after the procedure. The treatment is usually performed with the saving of nerve-vascular structures responsible for the erection so that the patient does not suffer the quality of his sex life.
The radical laparoscopic prostatectomy is a procedure designed to remove a cancerous prostate in a minimally invasive way. The laparoscopic prostatectomy differs from the traditional prostate removal surgery by much less abdominal trauma, better visual outcomes, faster recovery process. During the laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, five small incisions are made, and the procedure is performed by a device called a laparoscope. In traditional surgery, one large cut is made.
The main goal of the laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is to prevent from spreading the cancer cells and the disease on the other organs.
A laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a good option for Patients who have localized cancer. If you have no metastasis, then the laparoscopic prostatectomy in Poland may be a choice for you.
Quick facts about the radical laparoscopic prostatectomy abroad – cost and recovery information
|Benefits||shorter hospital stay, faster healing, shorter recovery time
significantly smaller incisions, much shorter catherer need, saving the sexual ability
|Flight Home minimal||1 week|
|Stay in Poland – Recommended||minimum of 1 week|
|Follow up||next day, 2nd, 3rd day, 1 week, 1 month|
|Pre- and post-surgery consultation||included in price|
|Get back to work||2-3 weeks|
|Approximate Package cost||depending on Patient’s needs and Doctor’s examination – approximate 27000 PLN (5500 GBP) + stay at the Hotel + flight|
What are the advantages of a radical laparoscopic prostatectomy abroad?
The laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in Poland includes a range of advantages. The first to mention is the great difference in a necessary skin cut – during the traditional surgery there is a need to perform an 8inch (20 cm) incision, it is also connected with more intense blood loss. During the laparoscopic prostatectomy, the surgeon performs five tiny incisions (smaller than 0,5 inch – 1 cm) each. The incisions are needed to enter the surgical instrument. The laparoscopic prostatectomy allows the surgeon to receive an unparalleled visualisation of the pelvic area which leads to very precise prostate removal. Other significant advantages of the laparoscopic radical prostatectomy are:
- shorter hospital stay (comparing to the traditional prostatectomy surgery),
- faster healing (comparing to the traditional prostatectomy surgery),
- less pain after the surgery (comparing to the traditional prostatectomy surgery),
- shorter recovery time (comparing to the traditional prostatectomy surgery),
- significantly smaller incisions,
- significantly less scaring,
- a quick return to daily activities,
- possibility to get back to work in 2 weeks,
- less blood loss,
- much shorter catherer need (comparing to the open surgery where the catheter stays in for two to three weeks, after the laparoscopic prostatectomy patients have their catheters removed on the third day after the procedure.),
- saving of nerve-vascular structures responsible for the erection
How do I feel after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy?
You may see some bruising and swelling right after the laparoscopic prostatectomy. In the week after surgery, your penis and scrotum may swell. This usually gets better after 1 to 2 weeks. The incisions may be sore for 1 to 2 weeks. You will be prescripted painkillers to reduce the sore.
The laparoscopic prostatectomy is performed under the general anaesthesia, which means you will be asleep through the whole surgery. During the radical prostatectomy, the surgeon removes the prostate gland with surrounding tissues. The surgeon will reattach the urethra to a part of the bladder called the bladder neck. Sometimes there is also a need to remove the lymph nodes.
How long does the laparoscopic radical procedure abroad takes?
The radical laparoscopic procedure usually takes 3 hours to perform.
What happens after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy?
You will stay in the hospital for a minimum of 3 days because the doctors need to monitor your recovery and healing process. Just after the surgery, your diet will include fluids, but your medical consultant will give you a clear recommendation when to start eating normally again. Because the healing process is connected with blood circulation, you will have a session with the physical therapist who will walk with you very soon after the surgery. As the radical laparoscopic prostatectomy is a complex surgery, it is normal that you will feel tired for some time after the hospital discharge. You will receive the recommendations on how to behave after the laparoscopic prostatectomy procedure when you will be able to start sports activities etc.
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I had the prostate artery embolization procedure carried out on Wednesday 7th August at the Euromedic facility in Katowice. I arrived on Sunday 4th but it would be just as convenient to arrive on the Monday with the consultation taking place at around 4 pm on the Monday. I was met at the airport by the EuroTreatMed driver and transported to my hotel. The hotel that EuroTreatMed recommend is the Park Hotel Diament which is a 5 minute walk from the Euromedic facility. I would definitely recommend the hotel (excellent WiFi), it’s a very nice hotel excellent breakfast and has most of the facilities you could ask for. It is also just a 20 minute walk into the centre of Katowice and that is for a 74 year old. The Eurotreatmed representative picked me up at the hotel each day and took me to the clinic where I was processed for the consultation, MRI scans etc. Ms Swinder the Eurotreatmed representative could not have been more helpful and spoke excellent English explaining the program each day and ensuring a smooth and trouble free program each day. Following my consultation on the Monday with the doctor who was going to carry out the procedure who incidentally spoke excellent English the real work began on the Tuesday when I had the MRI scans etc. Then it was back to the hotel to wait for the procedure which was carried out on Wednesday. Wednesday morning taken to the clinic by Ms Swinder at 7 am and prepared for the procedure which took place at around 10 am and was completed by 1 pm when I was taken back to my hospital room. The actual procedure during which you remain conscious throughout was absolutely pain free and apart from the 3 hour duration it was less hassle than having your teeth cleaned. Following the operation, you have a bandage wrapped around your groin along with some hard-conical object which bears down on the entry point to make sure that it sealed up. For the next 20 hours you lie in bed keeping your movement to a minimum. This was probably the worst part, no food and no water although you are on a drip to make sure you do not dehydrate. The next morning at around 9 am another doctor comes in along with several other people, the bandage is removed and the entry point inspected and it was decided that everything looked okay and that I could be discharged that morning. I was back in my hotel by midday on the Thursday. You are also given a very basic breakfast which I was grateful for having not eaten for almost 24 hours. On Saturday the Eurotreatmed driver arrived at my hotel and delivered me back to the airport. On Sunday I arrived back home and I was able to get the urologist at my local hospital to remove the urinary catheter which I had been using since the end of February. It has now been a month since my procedure and I am very pleased with the results. My urinary flow rate is excellent far better than it has been for many years. I cannot speak too highly of the Eurotreatmed representative Ms Swinder who was always available and always in contact via WhatsApp and since arriving back home has continued to ask about my progress. Ms Swinder was also the contact before arriving in Katowice and was very helpful regarding the whole procedure from start to finish. My advice is that if you are having problems regarding urinary flow and are considering a procedure the PAE procedure is probably the least invasive and produces excellent results. I would definitely recommend Eurotreatmed I am not only pleased with the results but also the whole procedure from start to finish it could not have been handled any better.
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