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Common Questions: The Patient

What can I expect after the catheter comes out?

Almost all patients have some incontinence when the catheter first comes out. Continence function returns with time and patience here is a real virtue. While recovering continence, it is wise to carefully consider one's fluid intake, as a full bladder is much more likely to leak than an empty bladder. Patients who go out for beer after prostate cancer surgery pay the price, as do those devoted to heavy consumption of grapes, watermelon, coffee, and other sources of water and caffeine.