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Tip & Trick: Bladder Irritants

Tip & Trick: Bladder Irritants

Many patients will experience irritative bladder symptoms after a prostatectomy, such as frequency and urgency. One very simple tip to help control these issues and help bladder recovery is to avoid drinks that contain acid, carbonation, and caffeine. Maintaining adequate hydration by drinking plenty of water is also important, even if you are experiencing incontinence. This can be hard to do but is so important for a more rapid recovery.

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Comments

  • Will Jones moderator
    2 months ago

    Thanks, Erin. I drink one cup of coffee a day, before and since my surgery in April 2018. It’s part of a morning ritual I can’t give up, so I don’t know if eliminating the caffeine would decrease my relatively mild problem with incontinence. One of these days I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Len Smith moderator
    2 months ago

    Erin, thanks, and I think you’re right on. Due to an overactive bladder, I had given up caffeine about 2 1/2 years before my prostatectomy. I can’t say my prostatectomy didn’t cause some increase in my urgency for awhile, but reading what guys have said here, I feel I had it easy. And about 1 1/2 years ago (about 4 1/2 years after my prostatectomy and 2 1/2 after my radiation) I started drinking some regular coffee, increasing the amount VERY slowly, and am now up to 2 or 3 cups a day.

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