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A member of our team will call you back within one business day.
You had a procedure called radical prostatectomy (removal of a cancerous prostate and surrounding tissues). This sheet will help you know what to do following surgery.
Don’t drive until your doctor says it’s okay. This is usually after your catheter is removed and you are no longer taking pain medication.
For the first 2 weeks after surgery, limit physical activity. This will allow your body to rest and heal.
Talk to your doctor before going back to your normal activity level.
Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds until your doctor says it’s okay.
Avoid long car rides.
Avoid climbing stairs and strenuous exercise. Don’t mow the lawn or use a vacuum cleaner.
Take naps if you feel tired.
Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Unless directed otherwise, drink 6-8 glasses of water a day (enough to keep your urine very light colored). This will also help keep a healthy flow of urine.
Use a laxative or a mild stool softener if your doctor says it’s okay.
Take care of your catheter. Ask for an information sheet and training to care for your catheter.
Keep the catheter well secured.
Use either leg bags or external (straight drainage) bags or both.
Empty your bag when it’s half full. You may notice some blood in the bag. This is normal after surgery and while the catheter is in place.
Use plain soap and water to wash the catheter and the head of your penis daily, or more often if needed.
Return to your normal diet.
Shower as usual.
Be sure to finish the antibiotics that your doctor prescribed.
Be sure to take pain medication if needed and as prescribed.
Consider wearing sweat pants while you have the catheter. They may be more comfortable than other pants.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Fever above 100.4°F
Heavy bleeding, clots, or bright red blood from the catheter
Catheter that falls out or stops draining
Foul-smelling discharge from your catheter or from your incision site
Hives or rash
Nausea and vomiting