ROBOTIC PROSTATECTOMY PREOPERATIVE INFORMATION
This information is intended for men who have an upcoming Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy (RARP) with a Urologist from Brisbane Urology Clinic (BUC) or Central Queensland Urology Clinic (CQUC).
The following information will help you prepare for your operation. Please read this information carefully.
Use this checklist to make sure you have completed all of the necessary steps before your operation.
If you have any questions about your operation please discuss these with your doctor or one of our specialist urology nurses by calling 07 3830 3300.
Forms to complete and return
Please complete and return the following forms prior to your operation:
- Preoperative data collection. Please remember to include your height and weight.
- International prostate symptom score (IPSS) questionnaire.
- Sexual health inventory for men (SHIM) questionnaire.
You will also be asked to complete and return consent forms including:
- Consent for the procedure.
- Informed financial consent.
Forms can be returned to our Brisbane City office or sent by email, fax, or mail:
Mail: Brisbane Urology Clinic, Level 11, 135 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane 4000
Information about the operation and aftercare
Please read the following information prior to your operation:
Information from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
We recommend reading the following information from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia prior to your operation:
- Understanding surgery for prostate cancer: Download PDF | Read Online
- Understanding urinary and bowel side effects of prostate cancer: Download PDF | Read Online
- Understanding sexual issues following prostate cancer treatment: Download PDF | Read Online
Hard copies of these booklets are available from our Brisbane City office.
Preoperative Educational Video
Please watch the robotic prostatectomy surgery educational video below.
Specialist urology nurse support
Lynne Morris, Luke Dutney and Swinder Hehar are Brisbane Urology Clinic’s specialist urology nurses.
Our nursing staff offer complimentary pre-operative appointments to discuss robotic radical prostatectomy, answer any questions you have, and assist you with completing forms. Your partner is welcome to attend this appointment with you. Please phone our office on 07 3830 3300 to make a pre-operative appointment.
Nursing support is also available by phone in office hours to answer questions before or after your operation.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises and physiotherapy
We recommend you start pelvic floor muscle exercises before your operation. This will improve strength and coordination of your pelvic floor which can lead to quicker return of urinary control after your operation. Do not do pelvic floor muscle exercises while you have a catheter after the operation. You can re-start pelvic floor exercises as soon as your catheter is removed.
Please watch the instructional video on pelvic floor exercises below. This video is from the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre.
Further information on pelvic floor exercises can be found in Prostate and Continence. A guide for men undergoing prostate surgery. Hard copies of this booklet are available from our Brisbane City office.
We also recommend seeing a specialist pelvic floor physiotherapist before your operation to ensure you are doing pelvic floor muscle exercises correctly. We can provide you with the details of physiotherapists we recommend.
Maintaining your wellbeing
Undergoing treatment for prostate cancer can be a very stressful time for you and your family.
You may also find it helpful to speak with a specialist cancer psychologist. We can provide you with details of psychologists with this experience.
Prostate cancer outcomes registry
Urologists at Brisbane Urology Clinic participate in the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry (PCOR).
PCOR collects information on the care provided and outcomes for men with prostate cancer. Your involvement will help doctors and researchers better understand the impact of prostate cancer treatments and identify improvements to clinical care. More information is available here.
Participation is voluntary. If you are willing to allow your data to be included in PCOR, you are not required to do anything. You can choose to opt out at any time by calling 1800 771 410.