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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Laser prostatectomy is a surgery that uses light beams to destroy part of the prostate gland. This can help reduce urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate.
- Medicines can help decrease pain or swelling. You may also need medicine to prevent or treat a bacterial infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP or surgeon as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Empty your bladder on a regular basis. Try to urinate every 3 hours while you are awake. Do not let your bladder become too full. Urinate as soon as you feel the need. Do not drink liquids before you go to bed. Urinate right before you go to bed.
- Follow instructions for catheterization. You may need to catheterize yourself if you cannot urinate on your own. Ask for more information on self-catheterization.
- Rest as needed. Slowly begin doing more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.
- Prevent constipation. Eat foods that are high in fiber, and drink more liquids. High-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, will help soften your bowel movements. Regular exercise and extra liquids also help prevent constipation.
- Ask your PHP when it is safe to have sex. Do not get sexually aroused without ejaculating because your urethra may get blocked.
- Do not smoke. If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking increases the time it takes to heal. Ask your PHP for information about how to stop smoking if you need help.
Contact your PHP or surgeon if:
- You have a fever.
- Your symptoms get worse.
- You have blood in your urine.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- You are dizzy, have nausea, or are vomiting.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You cannot urinate, or if you have a catheter, no urine is filling the bag.
- Your catheter comes out of your urethra.
- You have lower abdominal or back pain that does not go away.
- You have redness, pain, blood, or drainage where the catheter enters your penis.
- Your urine is red, cloudy, and foul smelling.
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