Post-Procedure Patient Instructions

Take pain medication as directed by your doctor. At times Tylenol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory may suffice.

Your doctor may determine that you need a catheter to drain your bladder after your operation. Catheters are generally removed within 24 hours of the procedure. Follow your doctor's instructions. Wash around a catheter with soap and water; rinse very well with clear water.

Do not strain during bowel movements. Irregular bowel habits may occur after the procedure until you are fully recovered. If this occurs, increase your fluids and fiber. If symptoms persist for more than two days call your urologist.

You may experience urinary urgency and/or frequency for the first month following surgery. These symptoms are normal as the prostate and bladder heal from the urinary obstruction.You may have a small amount of bleeding upon urination. If you notice blood clots in the urine, this is normal and should be relieved by increasing your fluid intake. If bleeding and clots persist, contact your urologist.

Call your doctor if you experience any complications or have further questions or concerns. Your urologist is there to help and answer your questions.