What You Need to Know About Pre- and Post-Surgery Compliance

What You Need to Know About Pre- and Post-Surgery Compliance
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer
As someone who has been under the knife more than a dozen times, I've noticed a vitally important issue that's rarely discussed with a patient before or after surgery. I received a vivid reminder of the importance of this issue after my gallbladder was removed. Two days after surgery, I decided to test what would happen if I violated a dietary restriction, so I ate a cheeseburger. The results of this test were much worse than I expected.  Within an hour, I was going to the bathroom every 15 minutes producing a watery yellow stool. This went on straight through the night and continued throughout the next day. My wife, who is a nurse, noticed I was experiencing symptoms of dehydration. She put me on a diet of Pedialyte and told me to drink lots of fluids. She warned me I'd be heading straight to an Emergency Room for an IV if I didn't take the problem of my emerging dehydration seriously. I'm not proud that I don't follow post-surgical instructions, restrictions and limitations very well. My wife has dealt with the consequences of my “experiments” for 36 years now, and it's earned me the reputation of being the worst patient she has cared for in her entire nursing career. If you've chosen surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you'll receive a list of pre- and post-surgery instructions. Within these instructions are things you're required to do and a list of things to stop doing. I'll never forget the morning of
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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  1. A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, and is needing to go in for surgery to help take care of it. I am wanting to help him out after he comes out, but need to know what there needs to be known for post surgery. It’s good to know that there is no heavy lifting, which will be something that he will struggle with, but I will be on him about following. I want my friend to be around for a long time, and I want to make sure that he is able to get through this.

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