I had keyhole surgery and I was warned by my surgeon that there was a remote possibility of him "nicking" (my word) part of my gut when he went through all the risks of the surgery; but this must be a rare occurrence or we would hear about it on this site. My surgeon told me that he would repair the problem and he might give me a temporary colostomy while it healed. It did not happen.
The possibility isn't surprising when you consider how deep in the tummy he was working, and that the prostate is right next to the rectum
A quick search revealed this paper
Eur Urol. 1996;29(3):337-40.
Rectal perforation after retropubic radical prostatectomy: occurrence and management.
Häggman M1, Brändstedt S, Norlen BJ.
where 10 cases out of 270 were reported (3.6% of those cases)
Management of thrombosis is very good these days, they make you wear compression stockings (I used mine for 2 weeks), my lower legs were encased in a massaging cuffs for 24hrs after the op and I had to inject Heparin an anti-coagulant for 30 days after the op (a very good reason to take things easy after the op by the way).
Hope this is useful info
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