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Microwave Thermotherapy

Microwave Thermotherapy Patient Discharge Instructions

Office Procedure

  • Plan on having someone drive you home and plan to rest the remainder of the day. Activities can be resumed as soon as you feel up to them. Avoid heavy lifting and straining while the catheter is in place.
  • You may experience some mild discomfort and/or bladder spasms following the treatment. Use the medication prescribed for these conditions.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (8 to 10 glasses of water or juice is the best) to keep the catheter draining well and keep the urine diluted.
  • You may take showers, but avoid baths until the catheter is removed.
  • You may wash around the catheter with soap and water. Arrangements will be made at the time of discharge when and how the catheter will be removed.

Medications

Antibiotic: Levaquin or Cipro. Antibiotics are used to prevent infection. It is important to take all of the medicine as prescribed. If you develop any allergic reactions, such as itching, hives, or severe nausea, contact our office immediately.

Pain: Vicodin or Percocet as needed for severe pain. Do not drink alcohol or drive while taking this medicine. Dizziness and drowsiness are common side effects of pain medications. Mild pain can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Motrin.

Bladder Spasms: Detrol LA, Vesicare, Enablex, or Sanctura, take one capsule/pill once per a day as needed. This medication is used to treat the irritation and bladder spasms caused by the catheter and the healing process of the prostate and urethra.

Other Medications: stop aspirin 10 days prior to the procedure, stop Plavix or Coumadin 5 days prior to the procedure.

Call our office if:

  • A fever above 101∞F develops
  • The catheter becomes blocked or does not drain
  • Urine is cloudy or foul-smelling
  • The scrotum or testicles become painful or swollen
  • Continuous bladder spasms occur
  • Severe constipation occurs



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