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- Urinary tract infection
- Bladder tear or damage
- Reaction to the anesthesia
- Damage to internal tissue or structures
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam and medical history
- Blood and urine tests
- Imaging tests to evaluate the bladder and surrounding structures
- Arrange for a ride home from the care center.
- If instructed by your doctor, do not eat or drink for 8 hours before the procedure.
Description of Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Monitor you while you recover from the anesthesia and/or sedation
- Remove any IV needles and the catheter
- Help you to eat and move around again
- Give you pain medication
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
- Take medication as directed to reduce pain and the chance of infection
- Avoid difficult activity and heavy lifting
- Drink plenty of fluids
Call Your Doctor
- Increasing pressure or pain while passing urine
- Pain in the back or abdomen
- Not able to urinate
- Changes in frequency, odor, appearance, or volume of urine
- Signs of infection, including fever or chills
- Blood or blood clots in urine after the first few days
- Painful urination or a burning sensation after the first few days
- Leaking urine
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Urology Care Foundation http://www.urologyhealth.org
Canadian Urological Association http://www.cua.org
Kidney Foundation of Canada http://www.kidney.ca
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 04/29/2014 -
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