What to expect:
Usually, a catheter is left in place in the bladder to drain your urine. If there is no excessive bleeding, it is removed in a day or so. You will receive instructions in the removal of the catheter. If you have any trouble with the removal of the catheter, call the office.
After it is removed you can expect some frequency, urgency and burning with urination for the first few weeks. This will taper off as the prostate channel heals.
You may return to your normal diet immediately. Because of the raw urinary tract surfaces, alcohol, spicy foods, and drinks with caffeine may cause some irritation or frequency of urination and should be used in moderation. To keep your urine flowing freely and to avoid constipation, drink plenty of fluids during the day (8-10 glasses.) Water is best, but juices, coffee, tea, and soda are all acceptable.
Pay close attention to the color of your urine as you increase your activity. If the urine stays clear to light pink, you are doing the right amount of activity. Overexertion may cause urinary bleeding. If you see darker red urine or clots, you need to be less active and drink more fluids. You may see some blood in your urine off and on for the first 6 weeks. Do not be alarmed by blood, even if the urine was clear for a while.
You should resume your medications unless we tell you otherwise. Use your prescribed pain medication as directed, but do not take additional Tylenol with it. Medications such as Pyridium may be given to help with burning and an intense desire to urinate. (Pyridium will stain urine and possibly clothing orange.)
Problems you should report to the Urology Dept (see contact info below):
Fever greater than 100.5 degrees F
Heavy bleeding or clots
Inability to urinate
Reactions to medication (hives, rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
Please call The Urology Clinic at 541-754-1287 if there are any questions.
After hours call 541-754-1150