How you prepare

Food and medications

Several days before surgery, your doctor might recommend that you stop taking medications —such as warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix) — that can increase your risk of bleeding. You also are likely to be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent a urinary tract infection.

Other precautions

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

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.