How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Before the procedure, your doctor may want to do a test that uses a scope to look inside your urethra and bladder (cystoscopy). This allows the doctor to check the size of your prostate and examine your urinary system. Your doctor may also want to do other tests, such as blood tests or tests to specifically measure the prostate or urine flow.

Follow your doctor's instructions on what to do before your treatment. Here are some issues to discuss with your doctor:

  • Your medications. Tell your doctor about any prescription, over-the-counter or supplements you take. This is especially important if you take blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix), and nonprescription pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve, others).
  • Fasting before your procedure. Your doctor may ask you to not eat or drink anything after midnight. On the morning of your procedure, take only the medications your doctor tells you to with a small sip of water.
  • Arrangements after the procedure. You won't be able to drive yourself home after the procedure, so you'll need to arrange for someone to drive you home.
  • Activity restrictions. Your doctor will likely ask you to avoid any strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, for three to five days after the procedure. You should also wait to have sex until your doctor says it's OK. Most men can resume sexual activity about two weeks following the procedure
Jul. 23, 2013