Treatment for a Prostatectomy
Urology of Virginia provides physical therapy services to our patients undergoing the DaVinci prostatectomy procedure. Specially-trained therapists will work with you to maximize your recovery from urinary incontinence post-operatively. Our goal is to have patients return to normal functioning as quickly as possible. In some cases, you will have a physical therapy appointment prior to surgery to begin strengthening your muscles and to begin post-operative training.
What exactly will physical therapy do for me?
Each patient is assessed using state of the art EMG biofeedback equipment to determine their individual ability to perform a pelvic floor contraction. Patients are often unsure if they are performing the exercises correctly and this provides the opportunity for both the therapist and patient to visualize the patient’s ability to contract. These exercises specifically isolate the muscles that help control continence.
How will this change what I am already doing?
The therapist will assess your functional ability to perform the exercises and will create an individualized program based on your ability. The program will be reassessed at each visit and progressive exercises will be given.
Does this hurt?
No. The exercises are performed in comfortable positions based on each patient’s abilities and goals.
How often will I need physical therapy?
Most prostatectomy patients complete their therapy within 4-6 visits but that varies based on the client’s needs. Patients are typically able to begin PT 6-8 weeks post operatively.
Do you provide electrical stimulation for pelvic muscles?
We can provide this treatment if necessary and when the patient, therapist and doctor are in agreement.
Urology of Virginia provides this unique treatment in order to provide the most comprehensive care for our patients.