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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Bladder diverticulectomy is surgery to repair or remove diverticula. These are pouches attached to your bladder by a piece of tissue called a neck. Your urine may be pink for a few days after surgery. This is normal.
Seek care immediately if:
- Your surgery wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have a fever of 101°F (38°3C) or higher.
- You have side or back pain that gets worse.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have bright red blood, pus, or blood clots in your urine.
- You have a mild fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
You may need any of the following:
- Antibiotics are used to prevent or treat a bacterial infection.
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.
Care for your catheter:
Keep the bag below your waist. This will prevent urine from flowing back into your bladder and causing an infection or other problems. Keep the tube straight so the urine will drain properly. Do not pull on the catheter. This can cause pain and bleeding and may cause the catheter to come out. Empty your urine drainage bag when it is ½ to ⅔ full, or every 8 hours. If you have a smaller leg bag, empty it every 3 to 4 hours. Do the following when you empty your urine drainage bag:
- Hold the urine bag over the toilet or a large container.
- Remove the drain spout from its sleeve at the bottom of the urine bag. Do not touch the tip of the drain spout. Open the slide valve on the spout.
- Let the urine flow out of the urine bag into the toilet or container. Do not let the drainage tube touch anything.
- Clean the end of the drain spout with alcohol when the bag is empty. Ask which cleaning solution is best to use.
- Close the slide valve and put the drain spout into its sleeve at the bottom of the urine bag. Write down how much urine was in your bag if you were asked to keep a record.
- Care for your surgery wound as directed. Ask your healthcare provider when your wound can get wet. Carefully wash around the wound with soap and water. Let soap and water run over your wound. Do not scrub your wound. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. If you have strips of medical tape, let them fall off on their own. Check for signs of infection, such as red streaks, swelling, or pus.
- Drink liquids as directed. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you drink 6 to 8 eight-ounce cups of water every day for 2 days after your procedure.
- Ask when you can return to regular daily activities. Do not have sex until your healthcare provider tells you it is okay. Sex may increase your risk for a urinary tract infection.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Your provider will tell you when to come in to have your Foley or suprapubic catheter removed. You may also need to have uretal stents removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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