Post-Operative Care for TURP

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Post-Operative Care for TURP
Full recovery from a TURP can take eight to 12 weeks. (man reading newspaper image by Joyce Wilkes from Fotolia.com)

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.

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Activity

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.

Catheter

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.

Fluids

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.

Preventing Infection

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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