Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is commonly performed when the prostate enlarges to the point of obstructing urine flow. While patients sometimes return home the same day, the Queensland Prostate Clinic reports that full recovery can take between eight and 12 weeks.
Limit physical activity for at least two weeks after surgery. Don't lift objects weighing more than 9.07 Kilogram, drive or have sexual intercourse. You can resume sexual activity after two weeks.
Following surgery, you'll need to have a Foley catheter in your urethra for two to five days. Don't perform any physical activity that's not absolutely necessary while you're catheterised and carry the catheter bag below your waist so that urine can't flow back into your bladder.
Drink eight to 10 glasses of water following surgery to keep urine flowing. You'll need to continue this regimen until your urine is yellow with no traces of blood in it.
Take the full course of the antibiotics you're prescribed to protect yourself against post-operative infection. Thoroughly clean the area around your catheter each day while you're catheterised.
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- Urologic Surgical Associates of Delaware: Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
- Marquette General Health System: Understanding Your T.U.R.P.
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- Queensland Prostate Clinic: Post-Operative Care at Home Following a TURP