Patient Care & Counselling
Counselling is a necessary part of urological care. Prior to any treatment, 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.
Patients that have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are offered counselling 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 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 see Prof Patel to further discuss and make a final decision regarding their treatment, and alleviate any concerns they may have.
If undergoing surgery, patients may be asked to fast for a period of time. The hospital admission department will call the day prior to the procedure to advise on admission time, fasting and will provide information 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 upon discharge. Certain urological conditions and procedures could lead to loss of sexual or bladder functions and advice will be given about treatment options for managing these conditions.
Post operative care
Upon discharge Professor Patel will advise when he would like you to arrange an appointment in rooms for the post-operative checkup and/or results. If catheter removal is required an appointment will be arranged prior to discharge from hospital.
For any queries or concerns post discharge please contact the Urology Nurse at the hospital where surgery was performed, or of course, our clinic during working hours.