Your Home Recovery
For the first month or so, take it easy while you heal. During those first few weeks, you may feel burning when you urinate. You may also have the urge to urinate often. These sensations will eventually go away. If your urine becomes bright red, it indicates that the treated area is bleeding. This may occur on and off for a month or so following a TURP. If this occurs, rest and drink plenty of fluids until the bleeding stops.
To help prevent problems during the first month after your surgery, follow these tips:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Avoid strenuous exercise.
- Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds.
- Avoid sexual activity as well as strenuous exercise.
- Ask your doctor about when you can return to work.
- Ask your doctor when to begin driving again.
- Don’t sit for over 60 minutes without getting up.
You will visit your doctor to make sure you are healing without complications. If tests were performed on your prostate tissue your doctor will discuss the results with you.
When to Call Your Doctor
- You’re unable to urinate, or notice a decrease in urine flow.
- You have a fever of more than 101.0°F or chills.
- You experience severe pain that is not relieved by prescription pain medication.
- Bleeding that doesn’t stop within 12 hours.
- Bleeding with clots, with blood plugging up the catheter. (A small amount of blood in the urine is normal.)
- The catheter falls out.
BPH and its treatments rarely cause problems with sexual intercourse. Even if you have retrograde ejaculation, orgasm shouldn’t feel any different than before. If you notice any problems with sex, talk to your doctor as help may be available.