Relief of pain

You may need to take simple pain relief, e.g. paracetamol (as directed on the manufacturer’s packet) to cover the next 12 to 24 hours. It is important to use painkillers carefully, as they have side effects. Paracetamol is the simplest and safest painkiller. However, always get advice before taking paracetamol if you have liver or kidney problems

Aspirin should be avoided as it increases your risk of post-operative bleeding. Check with your GP if you have been prescribed other analgesia.


You may resume sexual activity when you are no longer passing blood in your urine.


No restrictions

Specific advice

Drink plenty of fluids, at least 1.5 Litre (2 pints) a day. For the next three days. 

You may have a little blood in your urine for the first day or two


  • Raised temperature
  • Shivering
  • Pain/persistent stinging when passing urine
  • Bleeding – passing bright red blood or clots in your urine
  • Still passing blood after 48 hours.
  • Struggling to pass urine
  • Lower back pain
  • Severe pain with cloudy or offensive urine

If you are concerned about any of the above, see your practice nurse promptly, taking this leaflet with you.

Persistent Pain

If you experience persistent pain after 48 hours you may need advice from your GP.

Post anaesthetic instructions

  • You must be accompanied home by a responsible adult age 18 year +
  • You must not be left alone for 48 hours after your anaesthetic.
  • Do not lock the bathroom or toilet door for the next 48 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours
  • No driving a car or riding a bicycle for the next week unless advised otherwise. License holders wishing to drive after surgery should establish with their own doctors when it would be safe to do so.
  • No alcohol or sleeping tablets for 48 hours.
  • No using anything that could potentially cause harm, such as a kettle, cooker or iron for the next 48 hours.
  • No signing legal documents for the next 48 hours.
  • No looking after young children alone for the next 48 hours.

Ref: 04/21/08
Review: 07/23