Direct Visual Internal Urethrotomy (DVIU) Home Care
What is DVIU?
DVUI is the repair of a narrow segment (stricture) of the urethra. A small scope is placed into the urethra, and a cut is made in the stricture.
It’s normal for you to feel some pain in the area of repair for about 2 weeks. You will have pain medicine to take as needed.
In most cases, you will go home with a catheter. The catheter could remain in place for 2 days to 2 weeks. This depends on the amount of repair and your doctor. We will teach you how to care for the catheter before you leave the hospital.
- Do not lift more than 10 pounds for 2 weeks.
- Drink at least eight (8-ounce) glasses of fluid daily.
- Do not drive for one week.
- No sex for 1 week.
- You may shower. If you have a catheter, do not take tub baths, soak in a hot tub, or go swimming.
- Nothing strenuous until your doctor says it is okay.
- Your doctor will talk with you about going back to work.
When to Call the Doctor
- Catheter not draining.
- Problems passing urine after the catheter is removed.
- Decrease in the amount of urine you pass.
Temperature over 100.5° F by mouth for two readings taken 4 hours apart.
Large amount of blood in urine (you may have some spotty bleeding for a few days).
Follow up Care
You will have a follow-up visit that will be made before you leave the hospital.
Urology Clinic: (608) 263-4757
After Hours, Nights, Weekends, and Holidays: Ask for the Urology Resident on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code.
The doctor will call you back.
Toll Free: 1-800-323-8942
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Last Updated: 08/26/2013
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