Recovery From Prostate Surgery

After you have had prostate surgery, it cannot be emphasized enough that you should take it easy the first few weeks after you get home. Although you will probably feel much better when you leave the hospital, it will most likely take several months for you to heal completely. 

You might not have any pain or discomfort. However, you still have an incision that is healing. Even if you had transurethral surgery, where the incision cannot be seen, you still have one. Throughout this initial recovery period avoid any kind of straining or even sudden movements which could tear the incision. 

All too many people attempt to do too much from the outset after which they usually have a setback. It may be beneficial to speak to your physician prior to resuming your regular routine. 

Here are some quick tips for a smooth recovery period: 

  • Do not drive or operate machinery. 
  • Avoid any heavy lifting. 
  • Avoid straining and pushing during bowel movements. 
  • Drink water throughout the day to flush the bladder. 
  • Follow a well-balanced diet to avoid bowel problems. If you become constipated ask your physician if you can take a laxative. 

Throughout the recovery period, there are some common conditions you may experience. 

Painful Urination

You may observe that your urinary flow is stronger immediately after surgery. However, it may take some time before you can urinate totally normally again. After the catheter is removed, urine will pass over the surgical wound on the prostate, and you may, at first, have some discomfort or you may feel a sense of urgency when you urinate. This issue will progressively lessen, though, and after several months you ought to be capable of urinating less often and more effortlessly. 

Controlling Urination

As the bladder returns to normal, you might have a few short-term problems controlling urination. However, long-term incontinence rarely occurs. Doctors find that the longer the period in which problems existed before surgical treatment, the more time it will take for the bladder to get back its full function during recovery. 

Blood in the Urine.

Within the initial weeks after transurethral surgery, the scab inside the bladder may loosen and blood may appear in the urine. Quite naturally, this can be alarming but the bleeding generally ceases with a brief period of resting and drinking fluids. Nevertheless, if your urine is so red that it is hard to see through, if it contains clots, or if you feel any discomfort, make sure you speak with your physician.  

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