You may go home the day of surgery, or you may stay in the hospital for 1 or more days. The length of your stay is based on the surgery you had.
After surgery, it may be hard for you to urinate for a few days or weeks. A catheter (thin tube) helps drain your bladder. You may have a Foley catheter, which is put into the bladder through the urethra, or a suprapubic catheter, which is put into the bladder through a small incision in your abdomen. The catheter may be removed while you are in the hospital, or it may stay in place for a few days after you go home. Tubes may drain fluid from your incision. Intravenous (IV) lines give you fluids and medications. If you have a vaginal incision, you may have gauze packing in your vagina for 24 hours.
A nurse can give you medication to control pain. Or, you may have a PCA (patient-controlled analgesia) pump attached to your IV line. This pump lets you give yourself pain medication. It is normal to feel some pain. But if the pain bothers you, tell your nurse right away. If you go home soon after surgery, you will have a prescription for pain medication to take with you. Call your doctor if this medication doesn't relieve your pain.
You may be asked to get up and walk a little before you leave the hospital. Walking keeps your blood moving and helps prevent blood clots. Once you can get out of bed, you may be helped to the bathroom to see if you can urinate on your own. When you can stand on your own, you may be able to take a shower.
Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00
Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T08:38:16-06:00
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