Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver also may give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but complications sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Recovery can take 4–6 weeks. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, and spicy foods for 2 weeks after your procedure. Drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow. Urinate as soon as you feel the urge to do so. Do not try to hold your urine for long periods of time.

During recovery you may experience pain caused by bladder spasms, which result in a very intense urge to urinate. Take all medicines as directed by your caregiver, including medicines for pain. Try to limit the amount of pain medicines you take because it can cause constipation. If you do become constipated, do not strain to move your bowels. Straining can increase bleeding. Constipation can be minimized by increasing the amount fluids and fiber in your diet. Your caregiver also may prescribe a stool softener.

Do not lift heavy objects (more than 5 lb [2.25 kg]) or perform exercises that cause you to strain for at least 1 month after your procedure. When sitting, you may want to sit in a soft chair or use a cushion. For the first 10 days after your procedure, avoid the following activities:

  • Running.

  • Strenuous work.

  • Long walks.

  • Riding in a car for extended periods.

  • Sex.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have difficulty urinating.

  • You have blood in your urine that does not go away after you rest or increase your fluid intake.

  • You have swelling in your penis or scrotum.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You are suddenly unable to urinate.

  • You notice blood clots in your urine.

  • You have chills.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have pain in your back or lower abdomen.

  • You have pain or swelling in your legs.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.