You should rest as often as you need to the first few weeks after surgery. But you should also do regular, short periods of movement to build up your strength. While resting, continue to do some of the bedside exercises and breathing techniques your nurse showed you.
Gradually return to your normal routine. You should not do any strenuous activity, lifting (more than 5 pounds), or driving for 3 to 6 weeks.
Try taking regular, short walks. Work up to longer walks to build up your strength. You can return to work when you are better and can tolerate most activities.
Drink plenty of water to help flush fluids through the bladder (8 to 10 glasses a day). Avoid coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol. They can irritate your bladder and urethra.
Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fiber. You may use a stool softener or fiber supplement to help prevent constipation, which can delay the healing process.
For the first few weeks after surgery, take only the medications your doctor told you to take.
- You may need to take antibiotics to help prevent infection.
- Check with your doctor before taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Aleve, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or any other drugs like these.
You may take showers. If you have a catheter, do not take baths until it is removed.
Avoid sexual activity for 3 to 4 weeks. Many men report a lower amount of semen during orgasm after having TURP.