- Bladder training helps catheterized patients regain normal voiding function after transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
Why this matters
- Postoperative urinary catheterization can lead to a wide range of complications such as urinary tract infections, acute urinary retention, urinary incontinence, and repeated hospitalization.
- Researchers studied patients assigned either to a bladder training or control group, both catheterized for 3 days after TURP (n=50; mean age, 65.92±9.46 years; mean PSA level, 1.73±0.68 ng/mL; mean International Prostate Symptom Score, 22.86±2.43; mean prostate volume, 57.22±23.58 mL).
- Starting on the second postoperative day, they clamped training group catheters, opening them for 5 minutes every 4 hours or any time patients reported a sense of urgency.
- Funding: None.
- After catheter removal, training group patients had longer times to first urgency and longer first voiding times (P=.001).
- Patients in the training group reported lower daily frequencies of micturition and nocturia (P=.04), more time between micturition (P=.006), and higher mean voided urinary volume (P=.024).
- Long-term results are not available; some patient data were self-reported.