Post Edited By Moderator (James C.) : 7/9/2009 4:04:52 PM (GMT-6)
My cath was in for five weeks.
Ask your surgeon about doing a cystogram before removing it next time.
cystogram is an x-ray used to check for problems of the bladder and lower urinary tract.
I had my Foley catheter out at 9:00 AM 14 days after radical retropubic prostatectomy. By 4:00 PM that same day I was back to my doctor’s office to have another Foley catheter inserted (second) since I had not been able to urinate at all. It came out again after 3 more days, and this time I had some leakage into a pad, but I was in the emergency room at midnight on the second day to have a new Foley inserted (third). Once again the doctor removed it after a couple of days, and I was back in the emergency room at midnight again to have another Foley reinserted (fourth). After one day, my doctor taught me how to self-catheter and sent me away without a Foley, but a supply of one-time use catheters that I could use myself. For 12 days more I used the self-catheter method to drain my bladder, then I started emptying on my own. In all, it took 34 days after surgery to be finally rid of all catheters.
In all this time my doctor said the problem was that my sphincter was not releasing, and that I simply needed patience. He said there was no blockage or other problem.
So far, it seems like patience has paid off. Not all urinary retention is a sign of a problem.
Diagnosis at age 55: PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 positive biopsy 3 of 12 cores
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with bilateral lymphadenectomy 6/18/2009
PSA at 4 weeks after surgery <0.01
Yup. It happened to me twice after I had my cath out. The first time about 3 days after it was removed. My bladder locked and the pain level was almost untolerable. I was recathed at the ER. It turned out I had a severe bladder infection.
I had that cath taken out after a week, and lo and behold....36 hours it locks again. Another trip to the ER and a new cath. It turns out I still had the bladder infection.