You will stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days.
After surgery, you will have a small tube, called a Foley catheter, in your bladder to remove urine. The urine will look bloody at first. In most cases, the blood goes away within a few days. Blood can also seep around the catheter. A special solution may be used to flush out the catheter and keep it from getting clogged with blood. The catheter will be removed within 1 to 3 days for most people.
You will be able to go back to eating a normal diet right away.
You will need to stay in bed until the next morning. You will be asked to move around as much as possible after that point.
Your health care team will:
- Help you change positions in bed.
- Teach you exercises to keep blood flowing.
- Teach you how to perform coughing and deep breathing techniques. You should do these every 3 to 4 hours.
- Tell you how to care for yourself after your procedure.
You may need to wear tight stockings and use a breathing device to keep your lungs clear.
You may be given medication to relieve bladder spasms.