Some pain is normal after bladder surgery, and a doctor can provide a patient control device to allow individual control of pain medication administration, according to The Arthur Smith Institute for Urology. The pump sends pain medication through a catheter into the back, or administration can be via injection or pill.
As a result of the pain medication, some patients experience nausea, and medication is available if the condition becomes a persistent source of discomfort, explains The Arthur Smith Institute for Urology. Some pain and discomfort may be associated with the use of the catheter, which remains in place for a short time after the surgery. During urination, it is common to experience burning and see some blood.
Bladder surgery has other effects that are disconcerting for some patients, notes The Arthur Smith Institute for Urology. An intravenous catheter provides nutrition for at least a day or two after the surgery. This allows the patient to receive nutrition, fluids and needed medications. Once the patient can tolerate a regular diet, the intravenous catheter is removed. Fatigue is also common but should start to go away after three weeks. Even with these issues, it is vital to get up from bed the morning after the operation and take a walk and remain active each day. Walking helps keep pneumonia and blood clots from developing, while facilitating the return of normal bowel function.