Urinary incontinence is described as the inability to control urine. However, this condition tends to improve with time and may take as long 3-6 months. At times it may take 1-year for full recovery.
Erectile dysfunction or impotence could be a possible side effect of undergoing a robotic prostatectomy. The recovery time for this condition varies from patient to patient depending on their age, degree of preoperative sexual function, type and the location of prostate cancer and the type of nerve sparing performed a during the operation. The major focus for the surgeon performing a radical prostatectomy is on complete removal of the cancer to avoid any future recurrence, but newly-developed techniques help men return to near normal function.