Whether you've made the decision to stop trying to become pregnant or have concerns about [erectile dysfunction], MultiCare has a team of board-certified urology specialists and urologic robotic surgeons trained in the latest reproductive treatment methods. We have a close partnership with oncologists and other providers to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for a variety of disorders.
Your provider will give you specific instructions to follow before surgery or treatment. If given local anesthesia, you may need to avoid eating or drinking the day before. You may also have to take medicine to calm any nerves before the procedure. Usually, your provider will tell you to wash the surgical area with soap before your appointment to help avoid infection. Bring along any paperwork, an insurance card and identification to your surgery, as well as an overnight bag if you have an inpatient procedure. Arrange for a friend or family member to take you home following surgery.
After surgery, make sure you allow enough time for healing and recovery. Even a quick outpatient procedure, such as a vasectomy, requires one to two days of rest. Your urologist will give you specific postoperative instructions. You may need to use cold compresses, take pain medications and limit activity for the first week or so after surgery. Expect some mild pain or discomfort, but contact your provider if it becomes severe or you suspect infection. Always keep your wound area clean. Your provider will most likely have you schedule follow-up appointments to check on your progress after surgery. If you received treatment for cancer, your urologist will want to watch for new signs of cancer and help you manage side effects from treatment.