What to Expect After a Catheter Is Removed?

If you cant come to Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), you can go to your local urologist or emergency room to have the catheter put in. Tell them that you recently had prostate surgery.

Back to top Have severe pain in your lower abdomen (belly) when youre urinating. If you go to your local urologist or emergency room for any reason related to your prostate surgery, tell your MSK doctor on the next business day.

Back to top Finish taking your antibiotics as prescribed. For 2 days after your catheter is removed, your bladder and urethra will be weak. If youre leaking urine, limit how much alcohol and caffeine you drink.

You might have burning at the tip of your penis for a few days after the catheter is removed. If the burning doesnt go away after 3 days or gets worse, call your doctors office. This happens because the incisions (surgical cuts) inside your body are healing and the scabs are coming off.

Starting 5 years after your surgery, have a PSA blood test done every 12 months. The night the catheter is removed, you can start taking medication to achieve an erection. Your doctor or nurse will give you information about your medication plan.

MedicationNormal doseChallenge dosesildenafil citrate
(Viagra ) Take 25 mg 6 nights per week. sildenafil citrate
(generic) Take 1 (20 mg) pill 6 nights per week. If you havent had any response after trying the challenge dose for 4 weeks, call your doctors office.

How long does it take to pee after catheter removal?

For 2 days after your catheter is removed, your bladder and urethra will be weak. Don’t push or put effort into urinating. Let your urine pass on its own.

How long does it take to recover from a catheter?

Complete recovery takes a week or less. Keep the area where the catheter was inserted dry for 24 to 48 hours. If the catheter was inserted into your arm, recovery is often faster.

Do you have to retrain your bladder after catheter removal?

Bladder training can be a slow process, with some people practising it for several months before they get a result they are happy with. However, once your bladder is trained it should stay that way permanently, so in the long term it is worth persevering and making the effort.

How long does pain last after catheter is removed?

You may feel a slight burning when the catheter is removed. What can I expect after the urinary catheter is removed? Your bladder and urethra may be irritated for 24 to 48 hours after the catheter has been removed. These problems should go away after urinating a few times.

The urinary catheter is frequently called a “Foley.” This is because it is named after its inventor, the famous Minnesota Urologist Dr. Frederick Foley. There are many different varieties and sizes, but the basic principles are the same. It is a rubber or silicone drainage tube with retention balloon on the tip. The retention balloon holds it in the bladder so urine can drain out and collect in a collection bag. It is a closed system to decrease the chances of infection developing.

Male patients may experience irritation at the tip of the penis where the catheter is coming out. This can be alleviated by keeping the catheter clean and lubricated with KY jelly, Vasaline, or Bacitracin.

When the catheter slid out, it irritated the urethra and any area that may have operated on The urine should clear again in 24-48 hours. Special note: If you have bladder discomfort, leakage around the catheter, and a FEVER (101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), then this is a sign of infection.

Drinking liquids

These things can mean that the catheter needs to be put back in.If you can’t come to Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), you can go to your local urologist or emergency room to have the catheter put in. Tell them that you recently had prostate surgery.If you go to your local urologist or emergency room for any reason related to your prostate surgery, tell your MSK doctor on the next business day.

Kegel (Pelvic Floor Muscle) Exercises

Start doing Kegel exercises _________________. For more information about Kegel exercises, read the resource Pelvic Floor Muscle (Kegel) Exercises for Men.

Sexual Activity

You can start sexual activity again __________________.The night the catheter is removed, you can start taking medication to achieve an erection. You might need to take one of these medications every day for up to 1 year after your surgery.Your doctor or nurse will give you information about your medication plan. Keep following this plan until your see your surgeon during your post-operative (post-op) visit. Your plan may be one of the following: