Prostatectomy: Post Discharge Instructions

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  1. Your urinary catheter must be secured to your leg with the Velcro strap to maintain it in the correct position. Discomfort can be alleviated by applying Vaseline jelly on the catheter at the tip of your penis.
  2. Change the regular catheter bag to a leg bag while you go about your daytime activities. At night, we suggest using the regular bag because it has a larger capacity.


We recommend a well-balanced diet, high in fiber and protein, to promote quick post-operative healing. High-protein foods include egg whites, meat, chicken , beans, and fish. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of fluid a day.


While we encourage as much movement as possible, you should not lift heavy objects, or engage in strenuous exercise. Avoid sitting in a straight-backed chair for six weeks (except for meals). Sit in a recliner with your legs extended. Continue the breathing and coughing exercises you were shown during your hospital stay. Do not drive until the Foley catheter has been removed.


You will be given prescriptions for pain medications and antibiotics prior to discharge. You can resume all your regular medications with the exception of any blood thinners. Check with your  urologist about this.

When should you call our office?

Call us if your temperature rises above 101° F or if your incision should open, starts to drain, or becomes more painful or reddened. Call if your urine turns grossly bloody or does not drain into a gravity bag. Call if you have calf pain. Seek immediate help in the ER or call 911 if you have chest pain and /or shortness of breath.