How you prepare

Food and medications

Several days before surgery, your doctor might recommend that you stop taking medications that increase your risk of bleeding, such as:

  • Blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Nonprescription pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others)

Your doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic to prevent a urinary tract infection.

Other precautions

You won't be able to drive yourself home after the procedure that day or generally if you have a catheter in your bladder. Arrange for someone to take you home.

You might not be able to work or do strenuous activity for two to three days after surgery. Ask your doctor how much recovery time you might need.