the operation

You will be admitted on the day of surgery to the Day Surgery Unit (DSU). On the day of your operation, you will be advised not to eat or drink for several hours prior to surgery to enable safe anaesthesia. The operation takes approximately 45 minutes, but you will stay in the theatre recovery area until you are awake.

When you wake from the anaesthetic, you will have a drip running into your arm or hand to prevent dehydration. You will be given a drink when your nurse feels you are ready and able to tolerate it. You should be able to eat a light meal soon after.

A catheter (a tube running down the waterpipe into the bladder) is inserted following prostate vaporisation as some patients experience discomfort in the waterpipe initially. Unlike routine TURP, bleeding is rare and so washing out of the bladder with irrigation is unnecessary.