Your inpatient stay for PSMA-radioguided surgery
We have developed a standardised structure for inpatient stays with us for surgical removal of lymph nodes or soft tissue metastases (salvage operation) with or without the use of a gamma probe. This is not a set of rigid targets and instead acts as a guide for the required measures. Of course, we always tailor this structure to each individual patient’s treatment. One main advantage of this structure, however, is that you have a better idea of what to expect, which will help you prepare for your stay. This page therefore provides a guide to a typical inpatient stay with us.
Day of admission for radioguided surgery
You can eat breakfast as normal on the day of your admission; you do not need to fast before arriving at the clinic. On the day you are admitted, we will hold several conversations with you and conduct some tests to allow you and us to prepare fully for your upcoming treatment. You will be welcomed firstly in the Outpatient department, where you will sign all the necessary treatment contracts. You will then be taken to the ward where a nurse will welcome you and explain what will happen during your stay. The following things will happen on the day of admission, potentially in a different order for organisational reasons:
- The ward doctor will explain your upcoming procedure in detail and answer any questions you have.
- The anaesthetist will discuss the anaesthesia with you. They will also determine which of your usual prescribed medication you should continue to take and may also prescribe a sleeping tablet for the evening before the operation.
- If your salvage operation has been planned with radioactive labelling and a gamma probe (PSMA-radioguided surgery), you will also have to visit our colleagues in nuclear medicine early in the afternoon. They will inject you with a mildly radioactive prostate-specific marker (PSMA ligands).
In addition to explanatory and informative conversations, we will also carry out the following examinations:
- Blood samples
- Physical examination
- Ultrasound scans
- Any further tests required due to pre-existing conditions or findings
The nursing staff will show you around the ward and your room, and tell you about nursing procedures during your stay.
If you wish, you can also arrange a consultation with one of our psycho-oncologists.
Over the course of the day, you will also speak with your surgeon about the planned procedure.
In addition, you will be given a heparin injection in your upper arm in the evening to prevent thrombosis. You will be given these injections every day for the duration of your inpatient stay and should continue to take measures to prevent thrombosis after returning home.