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You can expect to have a urinary catheter (Foley) draining your bladder (which is placed in the operating room under anesthesia) for approximately 1-2 weeks after the surgery. It is not uncommon to have blood-tinged urine for a few days to a week after your surgery.
At the conclusion of the prostatectomy new catheter is placed to drain the urinary system as teh new connection between the bladder and urethra heal. The catheter is typically left in place for one week and is removed at the first follow up appointment. Once the catheter is removed, it is typical to observe whether the patient is able to void independent of the catheter, as it might be necessary to replace it. Following removal of the catheter, it can take time until continence is acheived as the urinary system heals.
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