Cramping pains called bladder spasms can happen while you have a catheter in your bladder. You may feel like an urge to urinate, pain at the tip of your penis, or brief pelvic or rectal pressure. The spasms can cause urine or blood to squirt out of your penis during a bowel movement. If bladder spasms become a problem, call your doctor. They can prescribe or recommend medication to reduce the spasms. Some medications for bladder spasms need to be stopped 24 hours before your catheter is removed.
You may not have normal bowel movements for 3 to 5 days after surgery. Try to avoid straining when you have a bowel movement. If you’re troubled by constipation, a stool softener may help. Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet and drinking plenty of fluids is also helpful.
Going back to work and normal activities
You’ll need at least 2 weeks off from work after the surgery. It’ll be up to 4 to 6 weeks if you have a physically active job. For open surgery, your recovery time can be between 6 and 8 weeks.
If you’ve come home with a catheter in place, follow the nurse’s instructions for catheter care. The nurse can tell you how, when and where your catheter will be removed.
You’ll need to make a follow-up appointment with your urologist, probably after 6 to 12 weeks, to check on your results.
Watching out for problems
Call your urologist immediately if you have:
- racing heart, shortness of breath or chest pain
- fever or chills
- nausea, vomiting or severe abdominal bloating
- severe pain
- pain in your thigh, calf or groin
- swelling or redness in your leg
- redness or discharge from your incision
- problems urinating or having a bowel movement
- a blocked catheter
- signs of a urinary tract infection (painful urination, an urgent need to urinate, unpleasant smelling urine, bladder pain).