You had minimally invasive prostate resection surgery to remove part of your prostate gland because it was enlarged. Your procedure was done in your doctor's office or at an outpatient surgery clinic. You may have stayed in the hospital for a night.
You can do most of your normal activities within a few weeks. You may go home with a urine catheter. Your urine may be bloody at first, but this will go away. You may have bladder pain or spasms for the first 1 to 2 weeks.
Drink plenty of water to help flush fluids through your bladder (8 to 10 glasses a day). Avoid coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol. They can irritate your bladder and urethra, the tube that brings urine from your bladder out of your body.
Eat a normal, healthy diet with plenty of fiber. You may get constipation from pain medications and being less active. You can use a stool softener or fiber supplement to help prevent this problem.
Take your medicines the way your doctor told you. You may need to take antibiotics to help prevent infection. Check with your doctor before taking aspirin or other over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
You may take showers. But avoid baths if you have a catheter. You can take baths once your catheter is removed.
You will need to make sure your catheter is working properly. You will also need to know how to clean the tube and the area where it attaches to your body. This can prevent infection or skin irritation.
After your catheter is removed:
You will return to your normal routine over time. You should not do any strenuous activity, climbing stairs, chores, or lifting (more than 5 pounds) for at least 1 week. You can return to work when you have recovered and are able to do most activities.
Call your nurse or doctor if:
While you have a urinary catheter, call your doctor if:
Laser prostatectomy - discharge; Transurethral needle ablation - discharge; TUNA - discharge; Transurethral incision - discharge; TUIP - discharge; Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate - discharge; HoLep - discharge; Interstitial laser coagulation - discharge; ILC - discharge; Photoselective vaporization of the prostate - discharge; PVP - discharge; Transurethral electrovaporization - discharge; TUVP - discharge; Transurethral microwave thermotherapy - discharge; TUMT - discharge
Fitzpatrick JM. Minimally invasive and endoscopic management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 88.
Updated by: Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Chief of Urology, Cambridge Health Alliance, Visiting Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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