Going Home Post-Prostate Surgery Checklist
- Set up home care, if necessary, by working with the case manager before discharge
- 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.
- Know where your family can get your medications, what medications to take and the purpose of each medication.
- Schedule your next doctor’s appointment 1 week after surgery for catheter removal
- Know your activity limitations, lifting restrictions and when to resume usual activity
- Make sure you get plenty of fluids.
- Have regular bowel movements after discharge. Take the stool softeners, especially if you are taking narcotic pain medications, which are constipating.
- Discuss when to drive and when to shower with your doctor
- 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