Do's and Don'ts
Take it easy the first few weeks after you get home from BPH surgery. You may not have any pain, but you still have an incision that is healing -- even with transurethral surgery, where the incision can't be seen. Since many people try to do too much at the beginning and then have a setback, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor before resuming your normal routine. During this initial period of recovery at home, avoid any straining or sudden movements that could tear the incision. Here are some guidelines for your recovery period at home:
- Continue drinking a lot of water to flush the bladder
- Avoid straining when having a bowel movement
- Eat a balanced diet to prevent constipation -- if constipation occurs, ask your doctor if you can take a laxative
- Don't do any heavy lifting
- Don't drive or operate machinery.
Getting Back to Normal After BPH Surgery
Even though you should feel much better by the time you leave the hospital, it will probably take a couple of months for you to completely heal. During recovery from BPH surgery, some common problems that can occur include:
- Problems urinating
- Inability to control urination
You may notice that your urinary stream is stronger right after BPH surgery, but it may take awhile before you can urinate completely normally again. After the catheter is removed, urine will pass over the surgical wound on the prostate, and you may initially have some discomfort or feel a sense of urgency when you urinate. This problem will gradually lessen, and after a couple of months you should be able to urinate less frequently and more easily.