- There are no incisions or dressings.
- There may be slight tenderness, burning and swelling at the opening of the urethra.
Diet and Activity
- You may return to your normal diet and light activity, as tolerated, after surgery but avoid driving while on narcotic pain medications.
- Please avoid any heavy lifting more than 10 lbs or strenuous physical activities altogether for several days and then ease back into your regular activity.
- Staying well hydrated is recommended to help dilute the urine and flush away any potential debris or residual bleeding.
- Over-the-counter medications such as extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve) can be used if needed for pain as directed.
- Additional medications may include Ditropan (oxybutynin) as needed for catheter discomfort causing lower abdominal cramping and bladder spasms. Please avoid taking this medication within 24 hours of expected catheter removal as it may hinder your ability to empty.
- Please avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or any other blood thinners if your urine is bloody until the bleeding has cleared.
Problems you should report
- Fevers > 101.
- Any pain not controlled by oral medication.
- Persistent burning with urination.
- Inability to urinate.
- Thick blood in the urine (similar to dark fruit punch or tomato juice).
- Any concerns or problems, please contact us at (717) 393-1771 anytime.
You should be scheduled for a post-operative appointment several days after surgery to remove your catheter. Please call (717) 393-1771 to confirm time and location.