When can I remove my catheter after Greenlight laser surgery on the prostate?
Usually, it can be removed the day after surgery. This should be in your postoperative paperwork from the recovery room.
How do I remove the Foley urethral catheter?
The catheter is held in place by inflating a balloon on the end of the catheter inside the bladder. The balloon is usually about 10cc or the size of a walnut. If you know how to use a syringe, you may deflate the balloon by removing the water through the inflation port. If it is a new catheter you may just cut off the balloon inflation port with scissors as you were shown by the nurse, and it will deflate itself.
How hard do I have to pull on the catheter to get it to come out?
If the balloon is deflated, it should just about fall out when you stand up. The weight of the empty bag will pull the catheter out.
Will I have blood in the urine, and if so, for how long?
Blood is normal and usually lasts less than 2 weeks unless you do very strenuous activity or take a blood thinner. It may then last as long as 4-6 weeks.
When can I drive after Greenlight?
You may usually drive in 1-2 days.
Will it hurt or burn during or after urination?
Yes, but it usually only lasts for 1-2 days.
Do I need to continue my BPH medications?
I usually just recommend you finish whatever prescription you have on hand, and do not refill it.
Is there a pathology report after a Greenlight laser surgery?
No. There is no tissue obtained with this surgery.
Will I leak urine?
Rarely, however you may leak urine after any prostate surgery. This is most common in people that have been in urinary retention for a long time. The muscle has become weak, and you may need to do Kegel’s exercises. If it is due to bladder spasms with urgency and incontinence, it will resolve in 1-2 weeks.