You may experience some frequency of passing urine. This should lessen with time. When you pass water try to empty your bladder completely. This will help reduce the risk of infection. You may have to alter your normal position slightly. If you have difficulty emptying try leaning forward or even standing up to do this.
Have a shower or shallow bath each day following your discharge.
Too much tea or coffee is not a good thing for the bladder. No more than 3-4 cups should be taken unless decaffeinated. Drink enough, but it is not necessary to drink more than 1.5 litres/3 pints in 24 hours.
Gradually increase your mobility during the six weeks following discharge. You should continue with the exercises given to you by the physiotherapist.
Avoid constipation by eating a high fibre diet including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, brown bread and so on
If you feel comfortable, you can start having sex again by about six weeks.
Please check your motor insurance policy. Some policies state a minimum time of six weeks before driving after an operation.
Start with gentle exercise six weeks after your operation. More vigorous exercise like aerobics, keep fit and competitive sport should be left until three months following surgery.
Take at least eight weeks off work. Sick notes will be issued by your GP. A certificate will be issued by the ward nursing staff for the time you are in hospital.
The staff on the ward will arrange an outpatient appointment. This may be for 3-6 months following the operation
If you have any problems when you get home, either contact your GP or you can contact the staff on Ward 40 for advice: Ward 40 Tel: 0191 2825640