Discharge Checklist

Going Home Post-Prostate Surgery Checklist

  1. Set up home care, if necessary, by working with the case manager before discharge
  2. Arrange transportation home because you will not be able to drive yourself. Having a pillow in the car to place between your seatbelt and the incision may make the ride home more comfortable.
  3. Know where your family can get your medications, what medications to take and the purpose of each medication.
  4. Schedule your next doctor’s appointment 1 week after surgery for catheter removal
  5. Know your activity limitations, lifting restrictions and when to resume usual activity
  6. Make sure you get plenty of fluids.
  7. Have regular bowel movements after discharge. Take the stool softeners, especially if you are taking narcotic pain medications, which are constipating.
  8. Discuss when to drive and when to shower with your doctor
  9. Recognize danger signals related to your surgery. These include:
    • Temperature greater than 101.5 F
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Abdominal distension or bloating
    • Lack of urine draining through the catheter. Drainage of urine around, rather than through the catheter
    • Shortness of breath
    • Pain and swelling of your legs
    • Dizziness and weakness
    • Redness, separation or drainage from your incision