By Mr. Vinesh Antani – A Renowned Gujarati Author
Dr. Mahesh Desai, the Medical director of famous MPUH hospital – Nadiad, has explained me in details about the side effect of prostate removal, when he decided to go for an operation for my prostate cancer. The important thing for me was to know that a patient loses the control over urinate after the surgery, and that lasts for indefinite period – it can be for a few days, weeks or even for a few months. Once the prostate is removed, and if the muscles are not strong enough, patient will not be able to have control over urinate.
For the purpose, Dr. Mahesh Desai strongly recommended me to do exercise regularly. The physiotherapist – Dr. Vijay gave me enough training for all type of exercises. These exercises are very simple, but patients have to do them regularly – before and after the surgery. Dr. Vijay has repeatedly reminded this instruction and I started following it.
Dr. Mahesh Desai performed my surgery on 28th May, 2013. After the surgery, all the doctors were regularly following up with me and all of them – including Dr. Desai have strongly recommended to continue the exercise. The physiotherapist – Dr Vijay used to visit twice a day, and kept on guiding about the exercise. Even the nursing staff reminded the same. I was worried about urine leakage. I followed the advice of Dr. Mahesh Desai and his team about the exercise quite sincerely. At hospital, I had nothing to do that is why I kept on exercising throughout my stay.
The catheter was removed on the seventh day after my surgery. Now, the urine was supposed to come out naturally. I was at a point, for which I was afraid of the most, when I couldn’t control the urine. Luckily, after few hours urine started naturally. I was very worried about controlling urine and I was praying God to take me out of this situation as early as possible. As per the instruction and the guidance given by expert team of doctors, I continued my exercise regularly. After removal of the catheter urine was passing naturally. I could feel urge of the urination. I could stand up and reach to toilet. Gradually I could hold urine up to four hours then five hours and finally up to six hours!! I was amazed that there was no single incident of urine leakage during the entire day. I made doctors aware about it and they were happy as well. When Dr. Mahesh Desai came for a visit in evening, I informed him about it. He was very happy and he added that “this is the result of your regular exercise”. It’s been 15 days, when I am writing this, since the catheter is removed. I still do exercises regularly and follow doctor’s instruction very carefully. I am glad that there is no single incident of urine leakage till now.
Friends, I just want to tell you one thing. Like every patient wants the best doctors for their treatment, even doctors want their patients to follow all their instructions. My own experience of following doctor’s instructions, kept me away from shameful situation of urinary incontinence. Such things give big relief to the patient. So every patient should follow the doctors’ advice very strictly and do the exercise regularly.