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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/24/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 15 days post op prostetctomy.  My catheter was removed 2 days ago.  I am able to pass urin, but it is a very slow trickle, almost a drip.  It feels like I have to go every 15 minutes.  I went to doc today and my bladder retention was only 108 which they said was very good, meaning I wasnt holding water.  Has anyone else experienced this and if so, how did it work out?

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 9/24/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you still taking your anti spasm meds?
If not, ask your doc and see what he says.
Age 53   - 5'11'   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 07 & Jan 08 -> 1.3
Gleason - 6
(biopsy done March 4, 2008-> 2 of 12)
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 270
   Posted 9/24/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I did not have any trouble with the flow - like a fire hose (15 again), but the feeling of needing to go was perpectual at first. I have been told that is part of it based on the trauma down there. Initially, I was going every 15 minutes. Still today, more than 4 months out, I go a little more often than I use to go prior to surgery. If I am not drinking I can go two hours, but if I am drinking water or tea - every 30 minutes.

I don't know why the slow trickle. If that continues you better let the doc know.


Age 61
Original data - pre-operation
PSA: 5.1
T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%
All scans negative
Lupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind).
Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Gleason 3+4
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA .04

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 9/24/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was not given any anti spasm meds.  I will give him a shout tomorrow.  Thanks.

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4840
   Posted 9/24/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh and it's anti spasm for the BLADDER..Which of course your doc should know.
Age 53   - 5'11'   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 07 & Jan 08 -> 1.3
Gleason - 6
(biopsy done March 4, 2008-> 2 of 12)
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 407
   Posted 9/24/2008 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
My catheter came out two days ago, also.  I have good flow, too good.  I don't feel the urge to urinate - it just flows and I don't have much chance to stop it, yet.  Today may be a little better than yesterday - but I'm still going through 8-10 pads today.  I'm hoping the exercises will help control this in the days ahead.

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

Gleason's 3+3=6

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci

Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4

Margins:  Free

Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved

Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%

Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery



Regular Member

Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 9/25/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   


....I kinda' experienced what you're going through. I did the same thing for  a couple, maybe three weeks. I kept waiting to have that flow all the other guys were talking about.....finally, after things continued to heal and I got a little further just happened. Got the flow of a sixteen year old again!  hang in it gets better, if not, give the doc a call..

   age: 53
   Pre-0p PSA  Feb. 08, 5.0
      4.22.08, 4.1
      PSA  spiked once about 8yrs ago to 5.0 three months later
      back to 2.9...then into the 1.2 range until my re-scheduled 
      "missed" appointment this past Feb.
      Biopsy 5.1.08 
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci I read somewhere on this 
      site....."the first show of the day"
       DaVinci completed 7.29.08, Bladder Sling installed, hernia repair 
       completed during surgery.    
        Sent home 30hrs,  JP drain in place 7days,
       Path report "cancer fully contained"....Margins clear
        Cath removed 8.8.08(ten days) lightly used pad 24 hours
        ED therapy begins 8.9.08. 100mg viagra three times a week,
        pump everyday and hold for ten minutes.
        8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg.......whahoo, got lucky...
        immediate results..... 
        9.15.08 pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the daytime
        hours. Just because I'm chicken..!
         9.18.08 1st post-0p-PSA-Undetectable...Zero's!  Yes!
           ..."just tryin' to reason with hurricane season"..

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 276
   Posted 9/26/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you drink plenty of water?, if you retention was low on scan, perhaps you need to increase your fluid intake. You still have significant swelling at 15 days, this should improve as will your bladder capacity, esp if your prostate was large.
46 you when diagnosed, now 47
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.01, 6 Month PSA 0.01, 9 Month PSA 0.01
One Year PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement.
Cialis 5 mg every night.
Success with BiMix

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 9/26/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday, I began tracking fluid intake and output.  I was not retaining more than 10 to 15 % of my intake so I felt confident there was not a retention problem.  I continued my Kegel exercises.  I slept 5 hours before having to get up and when I did, it was a steady stream, not just a drip.  No pain and sheer relief ( in more than one form ) on my part.  The good stuff continues today.  I am sure that the swelling and trauma are receding and things are returning to near normal.  Thanks to all for your input.  It has given me confidence that I am not the only one to go through this and really appreciate all your responses. 
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