What to Expect
- Your incision will be tender and you will have some degree of pain for 3-4 weeks.
- You will experience fatigue and weakness for a few weeks.
- You will need follow-up by your physician to monitor your progress.
- Limit your activity to short walks, gradually increasing pace and distance as tolerated.
- Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting (more than 10-15 lbs.) for 6 weeks.
- Do not drive for 2 weeks.
- Do not take long rides for 3 to 4 weeks.
- Shower as desired, but no tub bath for 1 week.
- Keep incision clean and dry.
- When you shower, allow soap and water to run over incision.
- Steri strips should be left in place 7 to 14 days.
Diet and Elimination
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of fluids a day to maintain good hydration and avoid constipation.
- You may resume a regular diet, but you will likely have a poor appetite for 2-4 weeks. If so, eat frequent, small meals.
Call our office if:
- Fever over 102 F
- Increasing pain, swelling, drainage, or redness of your incision.
- Any adverse reactions from medications (hives, rash, itching, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Any concerns.
West Coast Urology
Lawrence R. Paletz, MD
Ernest H. Agatstein, MD FACS
Shahrad Aynehchi, MD FACS
Sepehr Nowfar, MD, MPH
Inglewood (310) 673-3333 Downey (562) 923-0706 Los Alamitos (562) 449-4183