Robotic and Radical Prostatectomy (RRP) Post-Operative Instructions

What to Expect

  • You may be discharged from the hospital with a catheter in place to drain urine from your bladder. This will usually be removed in 1-3 weeks.
  • You may see some blood in your urine which is common up to 6 weeks.
  • You may experience bladder spasms which can cause leaking around your catheter.
  • After your catheter is removed you will most likely experience leakage of urine which should improve with time.
  • You will experience fatigue and weakness for several weeks.


  • Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting (over 10 lbs.) for 6 weeks.
  • Do not drive for 2 weeks; limit long car rides.
  • Sexual intercourse can be resumed after 6 weeks.
  • You may shower, but no tub baths until all tubes are removed and incision is healed.

Diet and Elimination

  • Drink 8-10 glasses of fluid a day.
  • Consume caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods in moderation as they may irritate the bladder.
  • Use a mild laxative or stool softener to avoid straining with bowel movements.

Call our office if:

  • Your catheter comes out or quits draining.
  • Fever over 101.5F
  • Heavy bleeding or clots in the urine.
  • Swelling of feet or legs, with or without shortness of breath.
  • Increased or new redness, swelling, tenderness, or drainage from wound.
  • Weakening of the urine stream or inability to urinate after the catheter has been removed.
  • Severe burning or pain with urination that is not improving.

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