Laser Vaporization of the Prostate Procedure Instructions

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  • Call your doctor if you develop a cold, infection or fever or develop other medical problems. Before your scheduled procedure, ask your doctor to write prescriptions for any medications you will be required to take following your procedure. You should try to fill these prescriptions before your procedure so that you have them on hand.
  • The night before your procedure, you may eat and drink as usual. However, do not take anything by mouth after 12:00 midnight the night before.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing on the day of your procedure.
  • Bring a list of all the prescription and nonprescription medications that you take regularly with you on the day of the procedure.
  • Please plan to arrive two hours prior to your treatment. Remember that you will need to spend some time after the procedure to recover from anesthesia prior to being discharged.
  • Arrange for transportation home; you may not drive or operate dangerous equipment for 48 hours after the procedure. If your doctor has indicated that you will need to stay over night in the facility, be sure to arrange for someone to pick you up the next morning.


Please take the medications as prescribed by your doctor. Finish the entire antibiotic prescription. Take pain medication as directed by your doctor. Tylenol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Aleve®) should relieve mild pain and discomfort. Resume the usual medications you took before surgery unless instructed otherwise. Do not take blood thinners or aspirin products for two weeks or as directed by your physician.


Take it easy for the first 48 hours after the procedure. Do not drive or operate dangerous equipment for 48 hours following anesthesia.You may be able to resume non-strenuous activities after 48 hours unless otherwise directed by your physician. Avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting greater than 20 pounds, bike riding, and yard work for two weeks, as the vibrations and movement may cause bleeding. No sexual activity for two weeks after surgery.


You may need a catheter to drain your bladder, depending upon how much swelling you experience after the procedure. Catheters are usually removed within 24 to 48 hours in the urology clinic. Wash around the catheter with soap and water and rinse well. You may shower, but avoid baths until the catheter is removed.


Avoid coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, citrus juices, spicy foods and smoking for the first week following surgery. Increase your intake of fluids, particularly water – 24 to 48 ounces over your usual daily fluid intake is typically recommended.


Do not strain when having a bowel movement. Expect irregular bowel habits until fully recovered. Increase fiber in your diet. You may need a stool softener or laxative during the first two weeks of your recovery.


You may experience urinary urgency and/or frequency for the first month following surgery. This is normal. Talk to your doctor to discuss medications that may relieve this. You may have a small amount of bleeding with urination on occasion. This may be accompanied with small blood clots. This is normal, and should be relieved by increasing your fluid intake. You may experience some mild burning and discomfort during urination. This is normal and should subside in one to two to four weeks.


Please call the office immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Bright red bleeding in urine with a heavy blood clot.
  • Fever over 101º F (38°C).
  • Inability to urinate for more than 4 hours.
  • Feeling of bladder fullness that does not go away after urinating.
  • Severe pain at any time.
  • If you have any questions regarding your preparation for or recovery from the PVP procedure.