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   Posted 5/10/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have prostate removed about 11 days ago and my urine in the cath bag has a faint "old blood" color.  Is this typical or not?   I walked over 3 miles today without getting tired.  Is it possible I could be generating some internal bleeding from the excercise.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 5/10/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I had sporadic old blood in my urine for about 3 months post-op.

Doc told me it is not unusual at all.

Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/10/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I think this is fairly normal and nothing to worry about. I had some difficulty in deciding whether my urine was the usual pale straw color or whether there was a slight pink tinge at various times. And yes, the exercise may be generating a little extra seepage but if only slight, then nothing to worry about.
The standard advice is to walk as much as possible, even with the catheter in -- so keep doing it!

Age 63. Other than cancer, in good health
Left hemi-colectomy April 2006 (colon cancer)
PSA 5.7, Gleason 4+5=9
RRP 7 March 2008, non nerve sparing
Histology showed clear margins and lymph nodes
Two nights in hospital
Catheter and staples out after 7 days
Continent, no pads needed from the get-go
No erections (of course!)
Experimenting with VED and Bimix

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/10/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I walked a little bit more than normal one day with the cath in and had blood (and what looked like two clots) in the bag.  I was a bit nervous about it and called the doc.  He said what the others have said, you could have blood in urine for some time.  Especially if you walked 3 miles.....WoW!!! 

Good luck.

Age: 50 (March 2008)

DX 1/08 @ 49 yo

7/05: PSA 2.6 DRE Normal

9/07: PSA 3.4 DRE Normal

1/08: Biopsy 1 of 12 cores with 10% involvement, T1c, Gleason 3+3=6

4/08/08:  Da Vinci Rad. prostectomy @ Banner Thunderbird, 5 hrs.

                Advised both nerve bundles spared

                Post Op Pathology Report: Tumor confined w/in prostate, pT2c, NX, DX 

    Gleason is 3+3=6, bilateral with 15% total involvement near apex

                Margins and Seminal Vesicles negative!!!

4/18/08:  Staples and Catheter removed. Drip, drip, drip, drip...

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   Posted 5/11/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Perfectly normal, In fact, it's a sign that things are healing. Think of it as scabs falling off. This will happen for at least 6-8 weeeks.

I overdid it about three weeks out. I saw a frightening amount (to me) of bright red blood in my urine. My Doc was not at all concerned. He told me it sounded like I was running around too much and had burst a capillary in the urethra and it would clear up in a couple days as the uric acid would cauterize the capillary. Sure enough, over the course of three days it went away.

While we have to take care of ourselves, it's amazing how resilient our bodies are. Sounds like you're doing everything right.
47 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6      (Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious)
10/07 PSA 5.06   (Biopsy 11/07  1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report:  Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
-totally contained to prostate,
-10% involvement in L & R Mid lobes
PSA 0 at six weeks
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.)
ED - Take 100mg viagra every night.
Totally usable erections at 10 weeks.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/11/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
goinlong said...
I have prostate removed about 11 days ago and my urine in the cath bag has a faint "old blood" color. Is this typical or not? I walked over 3 miles today without getting tired. Is it possible I could be generating some internal bleeding from the excercise.

Yes it is very normal especially while the catheter still in ....walking will put a bit of a strain on your still sensitive organs after an operation and will contribute to the bleeding.....but it is totally normal ..
April 2007 PSA 8.4 for last 6 months biopsy shows PC 3+3=6
June 13 2007 Went for open RP with Dr. Christopher Johnson at St. Francis Hospital NY. with nerve sparing of both sides.
4 days later home for Fathers Day, and Catheter.
Removal of catheter 10 days later , incontinence next to nothing, no pads used from the get go.
1 month PSA next to not detected

ED is a longer battle:1 month out start using occasionally Cialis and 50MG Viagra to promote blood flow with no response for 6 months.
3 months and 6 months PSA not detected
ED 6 months mark starting with VED therapy and being more aggressive with meds , in addition taking Folgard supplement daily.
April 2008 10 month out and start seeing some serious improvements with ED while using Meds and VED , can achieve erections, Mid nights erections almost on a regular basis , and uncontrolled 90 % erections spontaneously.
1 year visit on June 13 2008 woohoooo!!!

UPDATE: 5/12/2008 ED:
With Viagra Usable erection for intercourse after about 11 months out !!!woooohooooo

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 5/11/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Take a deep breath...relax.

A little bit of blood (including clots) in the urine is typical after surgery. yeah



Age: 51
Last PSA before diagnosis: 2.9

Diagnosed: Oct 2007

Gleason: 3+3=6

RALP surgery: Jan 23, 2008 (Dr Costas Lallas @ Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia)

1st Post-op appt: Feb 1, 2008 (negative margins, cancer contained within the capsule)

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 300
   Posted 5/11/2008 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Having blood in the catheter bag is pretty normal after surgery. You might even pass a couple of clots also. Thats normal too. I was pretty constipated for about 10 days and trying to force a BM caused a lot of blood in the bag. The stool softeners helped alot. Good luck on your recovery.
Age 65
Diagnosed 10/12/07
PSA 6.3
Biopsy 18 core samples, 2 positive <5%
Stage T1a Gleason 6 (3+3)
LRP  1/29/08
Gleason 7 (3+4)
1 positive margin (.3cm)

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 5/12/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I had blood and clots while the catheter was in but it cleared up when the catheter was removed. When reporting the blood to my Doctor I was advised this was normal.
Age 70 -  Diagnosed late March
PSA 5.52 - stage T2b,T2c
Gleason 7 (4+3)
quad heart bipass 4/06
surgery on 4/28/2008, Greensboro NC by David Grapey
path report showed  lymph nodes clear cancer has spread to the margins gleason (4+3)
catheter removed 5/8

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