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Your Recovery: Bladder Function
For patients that had bladder or urological surgery, suggestions for your care differ.

Helping Your Bladder Empty

For patients that have not had bladder surgery or a urological surgery procedure:

It takes time for the bladder to adjust after surgery. If you have trouble urinating after the catheter is removed, relax and do not strain. The goal is to trigger the bladder to contract, not to bear down and hold your breath.

Try some of these suggestions:

  • Sit upright on the toilet and relax.
  • Pay special attention to relaxing your legs.
  • Do not strain or push.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply.
  • Do some gentle Kegel exercises. (Gently squeeze the muscles surrounding the vagina; hold for two seconds and relax for four seconds. If the urine starts to flow, do not stop it.)
  • Turn on the faucet in the bathroom and put your hands under warm running water.
  • Gently suck in your belly muscles and support them with your hands.
  • Squirt warm water over your genital area. Ask your nurse for a peri bottle, if needed. If you still cannot urinate, relax and try these same suggestions again in 30 to 60 minutes.

Personal Hygiene

  • Wash your hands before and after you touch your incision.
  • Clean your genital area after you go to the bathroom by wiping from front to back.
  • Wash your hands after you use the bathroom.

After Surgery at Woman's: Activity/Exercise | Bowel Function | Bladder Function

After Going Home: Eating and Drinking |Bowel Function | Personal Care | Activity/Exercise  | Scar Massage