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Men’s Post-Prostatectomy

Post-prostatectomy refers to the period following the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland. This procedure is often used to treat prostate cancer or a significantly enlarged prostate.

potential health impacts:

This surgery can significantly impact a man’s urinary function due to the proximity of the prostate to the urinary tract and the roles it plays in both urinary control and sexual function. While the primary goal of a prostatectomy is to remove cancerous tissue or alleviate severe urinary symptoms, patients often face a recovery period during which they may experience varying degrees of urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction. During the post-prostatectomy timeframe, pelvic floor strength, muscle function, pressure management, and breathing coordination are very important when mitigating incontinence. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles both pre-and post-surgery can greatly enhance one’s ability to manage and potentially overcome urinary incontinence.

how physical therapy can help:

The rehabilitation journey post-prostatectomy significantly benefits from physical therapy, primarily due to the vital role the pelvic floor muscles play in both continence and sexual function. Physical therapy post-prostatectomy plays a critical role in the rehabilitation process, offering a pathway to regain urinary control and enhance pelvic health. Pelvic health physical therapists work closely with patients, using a range of therapeutic interventions tailored to each individual’s needs. A tailored approach not only aids in regaining continence and sexual function post-prostatectomy but also supports patients in returning to their desired level of everyday activities and recreational pursuits, marking a significant milestone in their recovery and overall quality of life improvement.

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Exercises to reduce pain:

Physical therapy is a crucial and effective treatment option for various conditions related to pain. Whether it's chronic, post-surgery, or sports injury, physical therapy aims to not only alleviate pain but also strengthen and improve range of movement. Below are some low-impact at-home exercises that can help alleviate your pain:

  • Yoga and Pilates stretches - Increase flexibility and reduce stiffness in joints
  • Walking - Provides muscles with oxygen
  • Strength Training with small weights - Increase balance strength

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