GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO SURGERY
- Avoid anticoagulation such as Coumadin (warfarin), Eliquis, Pradaxa, Aspirin and Plavix before and after surgery as instructed by your physicians. Caution, other anticoagulants include many medications that you would not suspect such as motrin, aleve, and other NSAIDS.
- Do not eat or drink after midnight the night prior to surgery.
- Arrive at the instructed time at the hospital. This should be at least 2 hours prior to your surgery time to allow time for registration. Be aware that urgent cases can sometimes delay your surgery start time. Your start time can also be earlier in the case of other cancellations on the day of surgery. Bring something to read and also try to arrive early.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing.
- Leave jewelry and valuables at home. Please remove any body piercings.
- If you wear contact lenses, please bring your glasses with you
- If you receive general anesthesia, you will be taken to the Recovery Room for at least one hour after your procedure.
- If you are going to be discharged from the hospital after surgery, you will be allowed to go home when you are awake and alert.
- Oftentimes patients do not recall speaking to the surgeon due to post operative anesthesia effect. For this reason, Dr. Byrne will go over surgical findings and post op instructions with your family or friends per your preference. A nurse will also review your post-operative instructions and prepare you for discharge from the facility.
- You will not be allowed to drive yourself home. Please make arrangements for someone to take you home.
OFFICE BASED PROCEDURES
TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION OF PROSTATE
- A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is surgery to remove parts of the prostate gland through the penis. No incisions are needed.
- The surgeon reaches the prostate by putting an instrument into the end of the penis and through the urethra. It contains a lighted camera and valves that control irrigating fluid. It also contains an electrical loop that cuts tissue and seals blood vessels. The wire loop is guided by the surgeon to remove the tissue blocking the urethra one piece at a time. The pieces of tissue are carried by the irrigating fluid into the bladder and then flushed out at the end of the procedure.