Common Questions

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

How long will I be in hospital?

Most patients are only in hospital for one night following their surgery, being discharged around lunchtime the following day. By then you will be able to walk around, have a shower and do most things at a “gentle” pace. You may need to have the occasional rest in the first week or so after your operation.

When can I go back to work?

It will take you 2-3 weeks to feel “normal” again after your operation. It is our advice not to rush back to work during that time. If you can stagger your return to work, starting with a few hours at a time for the first few days, or doing some work from home so that you can stop and have a rest if you need to, is often a good way to ease back into work.

How long will I be incontinent for?

There is no accurate answer to this question. The majority (80%) of our patients are not wearing a pad, or wearing a pad for “security” only by 3 months. But some men do need to wear pads for longer than that. Doing the pelvic floor exercises correctly is the one thing that you can do to help with the return of your urinary control.

How long before I get erections back?

Again this question is not easy to answer. It may take several years (1-2) for spontaneous erections to return after surgery. There is an increasing amount of evidence supporting the use of “Penile Rehabilitation”. This means using medication, injections or devices to keep erections happening, even in the absence of spontaneous erectile function. We will give you and your partner information and advice about this rehabilitation program and instruction about what and how you can use medication to help.

 

Travelling to Melbourne for surgery

We have many patients travelling from interstate for their consultation with Professor Costello and their surgery.

Here are some answers to some of their frequently asked questions:

Do I have to travel to Melbourne for an appointment with Professor Costello, and then travel again for my operation?

No, we can exchange a lot of information by phone, fax, email and mail, so that before you meet with Professor Costello we will have all of the information we need. We will also be able to make sure that you have all of the information that YOU need to be able to make a decision about whether or not you feel comfortable about coming to Melbourne for your surgery. We will be able to schedule an appointment for you with Professor Costello the day prior to your surgery to save you spending unnecessary time away from home.

How long would I have to be in Melbourne?

Usually patients need to be in Melbourne the morning prior to their scheduled surgery. You will have a urinary catheter, which will be removed by Helen Crowe one week after your operation. It is safest to remain in Melbourne for a day or two after this is removed, about 8-9 days following your operation. Then it should be perfectly safe to travel home. If you are travelling by plane, it is probably a good idea to have a transferable return flight home, in the highly unlikely event of something unpredictable causing a delay in you leaving Melbourne.

What if there are problems when I go home?

We keep an eye on all of our patients no matter how far away they are. If you have any problems or queries at all you are able to ring our rooms or email us at any time. We often can sort things out for you over the phone or with the help of your GP or local urologist. Very occasionally we will need you to return to Melbourne so that we can sort out a problem.