How you prepare

Food and medications

Several days before surgery, your doctor might recommend that you stop taking medications that increase your risk of bleeding, such as:

  • Blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Nonprescription pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others)

You are likely to be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent urinary tract infection.

Other precautions

Arrange transportation because you won't be able to drive yourself home after the procedure that day or generally if you have a catheter in the bladder.

Jan. 25, 2017
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