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Patient Care & Counselling

Counselling is a necessary part of urological care. Prior to any treatment, A/Prof Patel will go over the condition in detail and discuss treatment options and their associated risks and expected outcomes. Patients must inform the doctor about any health conditions, allergies, current medications or substance abuse that could affect treatment.

At diagnosis

Patients that have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are invited to a counselling session with our practice nurse a week after diagnosis. The patients find this time useful to read the information provided and the counselling session is very beneficial at this stage as it provides them an opportunity to ask questions and to better understand the process. The counselling session covers the treatment options available, incontinence, erectile function post surgery and hospital stay all from a practical angle. The patient will then see A/Prof Patel to further discuss and make a final decision regarding their treatment.

Pre-operative care

If undergoing surgery, patients may be asked to fast for a period of time and will be informed about what to expect on the day of surgery and in the post-operative period. Instruction on how to care for surgical wounds will be provided. Certain urological conditions and procedures could lead to loss of sexual or bladder functions and advice will be given on treatment options for managing these conditions.

Post operative care

Our practice nurse will be in touch after discharge to ensure recovery is progressing smoothly and to assist with any practical issues that the patient may have. An appointment will be organised if needed for catheter removal. Our nurse is available to help with any queries following surgery.