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.
Limit physical activity for the first week after surgery. This will allow your body time to rest and heal.
Ask your healthcare provider before resuming your normal activity level.
Avoid long car rides. Don’t drive until your healthcare provider 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 health care provider says it’s OK.
Avoid climbing stairs and strenuous exercise. Also, do not do chores, such as mowing the lawn or vacuuming, until your healthcare provider says it’s OK.
Finish all of the antibiotics your health care provider 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 healthcare provider.
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.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by your healthcare provider.
Call 911 right away if you have:
Shortness of breath.
Otherwise, call your healthcare provider right away 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)