Post-Operative Instructions

Surgical Site

  • Blood spotting from the incision below the scrotum is expected and not cause for alarm. All stitches will dissolve on their own. The incision is usually covered with a purplish skin glue that will peel off on its own after 1-2 weeks.
  • You can shower approximately 48 hours after your surgery but avoid scrubbing the surgical site. Do not submerge underwater for 2 weeks (no bathtub or swimming pool).
  • You should sit on a doughnut cushion obtained at local drug store to limit pressure to the surgical area for 6 weeks.

Diet and Activity

  • You may return to your normal diet and light activity, as tolerated, after surgery. If tissue was taken from the inner cheek, eat only soft foods for several days until the cheek has healed. Avoid driving while on narcotic pain medications.
  • Please avoid any heavy lifting more than 10 lbs or strenuous physical activities altogether for 4 weeks and then ease back into your regular activity.
  • Avoid intentional sexual activity for at least 6 weeks.


  • You will receive a prescription for a narcotic pain pill to use in addition to extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen). Narcotics can cause constipation so use over-the-counter stool softeners as needed.
  • Antibiotics will be prescribed to start the day before the expected catheter removal.
  • Additional medications may include Ditropan (oxybutynin) as needed for bladder spasms from catheter discomfort and an antiseptic mouthwash if tissue was taken from the inner cheek.
  • Please avoid any Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, ibuprofen, or any other blood thinners after the procedure for at least two days.

Problems you should report

  • Fevers > 101.
  • Any pain not controlled by pain medication provided.
  • Spreading redness from incision.
  • Uncontrolled nausea or vomiting.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • 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 about 3 weeks after your surgery following x-ray imaging obtained after injecting dye around the catheter to ensure that the area has healed before catheter removal. Please call (717) 393-1771 to confirm time and location.