Usually, you can leave the hospital or clinic a few hours after TUNA. Do not drive a car when leaving the hospital because you may still be drowsy after the anaesthesia. Make sure you get enough rest on the day of the procedure.
With the catheter still in your urethra, you can start getting back to your daily activities the next day. Your urine may contain traces of blood which can last up to several weeks.
For 4-6 weeks after the surgery:
- Drink 1-2 litres every day, especially water
- Do not lift anything heavier than 5 kilograms
- Do not do any heavy exercise and avoid bike riding
- Do not take thermal baths or go to the sauna
- Prevent constipation by adapting your diet
- Discuss any prescribed medication with your doctor
Avoid having sex for 2-3 weeks. After TUNA, you may suffer from retrograde ejaculation. This is a chronic condition where semen can no longer leave through the urethra during orgasm. Instead, it goes into the bladder and later leaves your body during urination. Your semen may be stained with blood for a few weeks.
You need to go to your doctor or back to the hospital right away if you:
- Develop a fever
- Face problems with the catheter
- Cannot urinate on your own after the catheter is removed