Surgery

How long will I have swelling?

Swelling may last several weeks after most surgical procedures.

When may I shower or bathe?

You may shower after almost all surgeries in 24-48 hours. Do not submerge open wounds, fresh staples, or sutures for 7-10 days.

Is blood in the urine normal?

Many urologic surgeries cause blood in the urine. Unless you are passing frequent large clots and feeling faint, it will usually resolve spontaneously over a few days.

How bloody does the urine need to be before I call after hours?

A small amount of blood readily stains the urine bright red. Only if your catheter is blocked by clots, if you cannot urinate due to blood clots, or if you are severely dizzy and fainting should you be concerned.

When may I restart all of my daily medications?

Daily medicines, except blood thinners, may resume the day of or the day following surgery. Blood thinner medications should have been addressed separately at the time of your operation.

Am I on a special diet?

Most urologic surgeries do not require a special diet. Note that anesthesia may cause temporary nausea. Take it slow and avoid heavy, rich, or spicy foods until you know you are not going to be nauseated.

What can I take for my constipation?

Anesthesia, inactivity, change of diet, narcotics, and bladder spasm medications all cause constipation. First, try a stool softener to prevent constipation. If you need a laxative, milk of magnesia, Dulcolax tablets orĀ suppositories usually work well. For severe problems, MiraLAX may be needed.

I need extra leg bags, bedside bags, or supplies. Can I come to the office and get more?

You need to get your supplies from your pharmacy. Small local pharmacies carry more home health supplies than the large chain pharmacies.