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   Posted 1/14/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Sitting here feeling the need to pee has suggested to me a question I wonder if can be answered.

After prostrate surgery, to improved continence, is better to make yourself wait as long as you can before you have to go to the bathroom or go as soon as you feel the first urge?
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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it depends on the man and the goal.  If you are fairly continent now, then waiting will probably be good, as it helps restretch your bladder and give the remaining muscle something to work against, providing feedback to you and your brain.  If you leak then going as soon as the urge hits is probably best.  Just my opinion, though.  Personally, I try to wait as long as possible during the day, but go at night each time I waken from sleep, just to be safe.
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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi wd40,
After I got the cath out, the advice I got here was to go every 1 1/2 hours whether I needed to or not for awhile.  That kept me pretty dry.  In addition, my surgeon told me to "sit down" when I needed to go, and relax as well (most men don't do that).  Both pieces of advice really worked well for me.   I was a "happier camper."
All the best,

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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
James I was kind of thinking the same thing. Thanks for the feedback.

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   Posted 1/14/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   

With a Radical Prostatectomy, the bladder is stretched a bit from the shortened & re-sutured urethra.
Letting the bladder fill to capacity will typically slowly bring you back to close to your pre-surgery capacity.  It takes a little more control with a little more capacity.....
While pad-free since week 14, it has taken me almost a year to get to that combination of control AND capcity.  Being very active, I often drink over a quart of liquid (e.g., water, low-fat buttermilk, or tea & lemon) in a short period of time and just recently have found my trips to the restroom less frequent -simliar to pre-surgery days.

A full bladder is also good practice for your recruitment pattern of your pelvic floor muscles.
You might also try to "hold it" while you cough with a full bladder while standing over the toilette just before you go.  
Until week 20 or so I would exercise walking up and down the stairs nude from the waist down with a styrofoam cup with a full bladdder and coughing. 
It is a humbling experience! 
But then just being continent with an empty bladder is not good enough!
And who knows when you will cough or sneeze or lift something while turning, etc.

Barry's surgeon's point about going frequently is helpful while the area is still most traumatized.  You are coming up on 7 weeks and it is your call.
I agree with James about emptying the bladder before retiring.
Still, most often it was when I awoke that I had the best practice coughing with the most-full bladder.



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Post Edited (Cedar Chopper) : 1/14/2008 12:07:54 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/14/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I was one of the lucky ones that had pretty good control right away but as you noted the bladder size had me going every hour and a half, That is what got me thinking about trying to hold it longer.

Great advice from all.
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