Yesterday, was the 5 week mark since my open surgery. As most know here, I have had a catheter in the entire time, minus the one day last Monday when it was out for 24 hours unsucesfully. After leaving increasingly irate calls for 3 days, a nurse finally called me back Friday morning, and I have a real appt. with my real dr/surgeon this coming Monday at 0920. For that I am thankful. At first she said, let's make that Dec. 29, and I threw a fit over that, I said do you realize how long I have been on this cath? She said, only since Tuesday. I said, no dear, altogether, since November 14th. Don't these people even read the charts?
She thinks taking it out didn't work because the bladder was so swollen after surgery and the surgeon had such a fight with scar tissue in joining the uretha to the bladder, she also said that believe it or not (and I dont) some people are really affected by the anetheisologist gases even that far out (5 weeks?). She said that they have had a few men where they had to do the cath a 3rd time even. Scary thought. I don't feel I am ever going to get past this point in my recovery. She said worse case, if they can't get a good natural flow, they sometimes, rarely, have to do additional surgery, I told her I didn't want to know or hear that, beyond my comprehension at this time. A lovely week its been.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 9-2008 14.9
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Open RP surgery completed on Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon,
Non-nerving sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8,
Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32. Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08 - uncertain of what went wrong.
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes. Left lobe: infiltrating tumor miscroscopically appears to extend to marked left posterior margin
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled for 1/5/9