Drink plenty of water for a day or two following your procedure. Try to have about eight ounces (one cup) at a time, and do this six times or more per day. (If you have fluid restrictions, please ask the nurse for advice).
For the first eight hours after the procedure your urine may be pink or red in color. Small clots or a few drops of blood can be a normal side effect from having a catheter placed.
Large amounts of bleeding or difficulty urinating are not normal. Call your doctor if this happens.
You may experience some mild discomfort or a burning sensation with urination after having this procedure. If it does not improve within 24 hours or other symptoms appear (fever, chills, cloudy urine, back pain, or difficulty emptying), call our nurse triage line at 919-401-1000 ext. 6.
Since no sedation or pain medicine is required, you may return to normal activities such as work, school, driving, exercising, and housework.
If your doctor gave you a prescription, take it as ordered.
If you need a return appointment to discuss the results of the bladder testing with your doctor, the secretary will arrange it when you check out.
If you need to reach your doctor urgently or after office hours, please call the Duke University Hospital operator at 919-684-8111, and they will page the urogynecologist on call.