My prostate was removed two-weeks ago today and the catheter came out Monday of this week - 12-days after surgery. The catheter was a non-issue for me and I actually appreciated having it for that period.
The catheter removal went well, hardly felt a thing and I've had no irritations since (or when it was in). My doctor started me on Cipro the day before the catheter came out and today will be my last dose - a three-day supply. I'm urinating well, still some blood from time-to-time ("old blood" says the physician's assistant) and the incontenence is an issue I still need to get under control.
The 24-hours following the removal of my catheter I went through maybe 10-pads and had very little control, yesterday fewer, and, hopefully, even fewer pads/leaking today.
I want to return to work next Monday, but that decision will depend upon the degree of incontenence. I felt good before the operation, felt good after the operation, and still feel good post-op.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Age: 59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)
April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior
June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample
Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days
Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon
Post-op Gleason's: 3+3, Tertiary 4
Bladder & Urethral: Free
Seminal vesicles: Not involved
Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion: Not involved
Tumor: T2c; Location: Bilateral; Volume: 20%
Catheter: Removed 12-days after surgery