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You had minimally invasive prostate resection surgery to remove part of your prostate gland because it was enlarged. This article tells you what you need to know to take care of yourself as you recover from the procedure.

When You're in the Hospital

Your procedure was done in your health care provider's office or at an outpatient surgery clinic. You may have stayed in the hospital for a night.

What to Expect at Home

You can do most of your normal activities within a few weeks. You may go home with a urine catheter. Your urine may be bloody at first, but this will go away. You may have bladder pain or spasms for the first 1 to 2 weeks.


Drink plenty of water to help flush fluids through your bladder (8 to 10 glasses a day). Avoid coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol. They can irritate your bladder and urethra, the tube that brings urine from your bladder out of your body.

Eat a normal, healthy diet with plenty of fiber. You may get constipation from pain medicines and being less active. You can use a stool softener or fiber supplement to help prevent this problem.

For the first few weeks after surgery, take only the medicines your provider has told you to take.

You may take showers. But avoid baths if you have a catheter. You can take baths once your catheter is removed. Make sure your provider clears you for baths to make sure your incisions are healing well.

You will need to make sure your catheter is working properly. You will also need to know how to empty and clean the tube and the area where it attaches to your body. This can prevent infection or skin irritation.

After your catheter is removed:

You will return to your normal routine over time. You should not do any strenuous activity, chores, or lifting (more than 5 pounds or more than 2 kilograms) for at least 1 week. You can return to work when you have recovered and are able to do most activities.

When to Call the Doctor

Contact your provider if:

While you have a urinary catheter, call your provider if:

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Review Date: 4/1/2023  

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