There are certain precautionary measures that need to be taken prior to every surgery and as you have been scheduled for ambulatory surgery in the case with transurethral resection of the prostate; you must take some precautions prior to your scheduled operation.
You should not take water or food from the midnight on the previous day of the surgery.
Stop taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory for minimum 10 days prior to your surgery.
You should also arrange commutation to and from the clinic or hospital. You will not be able to drive post surgery hence this arrangement is imperative.
The precautions which are mostly advised by the surgeon include:
After TURP, you will not feel much discomfort. It is advised to avoid lifting heavy weights or any objects or performing strenuous exercise for at least few weeks.
Many patients observe a pinkish trace to the urine following the operation. This is the sign of presence of blood in the urine.
Please check with your surgeon if the blood seems to be in excessive amount. You may also feel a burning sensation while urinating for a few days.
During the week after surgery, blood can return in the urine for a short while. If this happens, consume plenty of water and restrict activity. But do not go beyond two liters of water each day.
It is recommended to avoid sex for a month or so. Do have your annual prostate check up to rule out cancer as TURP is the process of dissecting only part of the prostate gland.
There is generally no particular dietary prohibition. However, you should eat plenty of fruits and roughage to ensure smooth bowel movement that can be performed without troubling yourself.
You will be admitted in the hospital for 1 to 3 days. Post surgery, you will have a Foley catheter in your bladder to collect urine. The urine will look bloody in the initial few days. It will clear over time. A bladder cleaning solution may be attached to the catheter to simultaneously flush the catheter. This will avoid clogging of blood. The bleeding will decrease and the catheter will be detached within 1 to 3 days.
You will be able to get back to your normal diet gradually.