You had a procedure called a resection of bladder tumor (surgery to remove a bladder tumor). During the surgery, a surgeon inserted a thin, lighted tube (cystoscope) into the bladder through the urethra (the part of your body that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body). The surgeon used a tool to either remove the cancer or burn it away with high-energy electricity.
Take care of your catheter the way you were shown in the hospital. You will need to wash the tubing at least twice a day.
Don’t be alarmed by brownish or reddish blood or clots in your urine. This is a result of the procedure. However, call your doctor if the blood does not start to go away within 72 hours after you go home.
Drink plenty of fluids during the day (enough to keep your urine very light colored). This will help keep a healthy flow of urine.
Don’t drive until the doctor says it’s OK.
Don’t return to work until the doctor says it’s OK.
Don’t do any heavy lifting for 3 weeks after the procedure.
Don’t lift anything heavier than 8 pounds.
Don’t lift weights.
Don’t pick up infants or children.
Don’t mow the lawn or use a vacuum cleaner.
Use a laxative or stool softener as directed by your doctor.
Eat more high-fiber foods.
Be sure to finish the antibiotics that your doctor prescribed.
Once your catheter is removed, expect some blood in your urine and some burning when you urinate.
Make a follow-up appointment, or as directed by your doctor.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
Heavy bleeding or large blood clots in the urine
Blood in the urine after 3 days
Catheter falls out or stops draining
Fever above 100.4°F (38°C) or shaking chills
Pain or cramping in the abdomen that won’t go away
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