Many of the men who’ve had surgery with the da Vinci System want to know what blood in postop urine should look like.
About three-fourths of prostate cancer surgeries in the U.S. employ the da Vinci robotic system.
Most men with prostate cancer opt for this system because it delivers precision and dexterity that human hands can’t, plus the ability to execute one to two centimeter incisions with pinpoint accuracy.
These smaller incisions mean a shorter recovery time with fewer complications.
“Ideally, blood would look like very small, dark red, dry specks in the patient’s urine and in their undergarments shortly after surgery,” says Kiarash Michel, MD, a urologic oncological surgeon with Cedars Sinai who specializes in robotic surgery, and is cofounder of MDbio, a plant-based medicine company.
“This would be accompanied by no discernible feeling while urinating.
“Some patients may, unfortunately, experience passing large clots which can block urine flow.
“The dark red specks are pieces of the scab on the prostate gradually washing away, which may take a couple of weeks.
“If you notice significant amounts of bright red blood or other strangely-colored discharge, it’s important to check with your doctor.”