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Discharge Instructions for Laser Prostatectomy

You had a procedure called laser prostatectomy. During this surgical procedure, all or part of your prostate gland was removed to relieve urinary problems due to prostate enlargement. Here are some instructions to help you care for yourself once you have returned home.

Activity

  • Limit physical activity for the first week after surgery. This will allow your body time to rest and heal.

  • Ask your doctor before resuming your normal activity level.

  • Avoid long car rides. Don’t drive until your doctor says it’s OK. This is usually after your catheter is removed and you are no longer taking pain medication.

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds until your doctor says it’s OK.

  • Avoid climbing stairs and strenuous exercise. Also, do not do chores, such as mowing the lawn or vacuuming, until your doctor says it’s OK.

Other Home Care

  • Finish all of the antibiotics your doctor prescribed to you, even if you feel better. Antibiotics help keep you from getting an infection.

  • Eat high-fiber foods to avoid constipation. Also, use laxatives, stool softeners, or enemas as directed by your doctor.

  • You should receive an information sheet about caring for your urinary catheter. Ask for a sheet if you did not receive one. Follow the sheet’s instructions, some of which should include:

    • Keep the catheter well secured to the leg or abdomen.

    • Use leg bags, external (straight drainage) bags, or both.

    • Empty the bag when it’s half full. You may see some blood in the bag. Don’t be alarmed. This is normal after surgery and while the catheter is in place.

    • Use plain soap and water to wash the head of your penis daily, or more often if needed.

    • Wash the catheter daily with plain soap and water to avoid infection.

  • Return to your normal diet.

  • Drink plenty of fluids during the day (enough to keep your urine light colored). This will help keep urine flowing freely.

  • Shower as usual.

  • Wear loose-fitting sweatpants while the catheter is in place. Sweatpants are more comfortable than other pant styles. 

Follow-Up

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by your doctor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When to Seek Medical Attention

Call 911 right away if you have:

  • Shortness of breath.

Otherwise, call your doctor immediately if you have:

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or shaking chills

  • Hives or skin rash

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Catheter falls out or stops draining

  • Foul-smelling discharge from your catheter or urethra (at tip of penis)

 

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