As we all know, I am suppose to be taken off of catheter #5 on Monday, January 19th around nine in the morning, after some 66 days of this and two failed removals. Assuming that it goes as my dr/surgeon planned, and the urethra doesn't try to close up a few hours later, what should I expect as acceptable flow at first? I mean, when they tried the two times before, I had to sit to pee, and it was mostly a very slow drip, wouldn't hardly call it a stream. The first time it was taken out, and the first time I felt an urge, I peed all over myself because I was expecting some kind of normal stream from the standing position. I will be wearing a pad when I leave the dr as before, no problem with that. I know that the word "normal" in our context is very subjective, but what would be a normal flow to be expected once this blasted thing is removed?
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3, 9/8 14.9, 10/8 16.4
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive 7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%, G 4+3 & 3+4
Open RP surgery November 14, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon, Non-nerve 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, Catheter out 12/29/08. After 7 hours, complete stoppage again, emergency room put in Catheter #3 early evening of day 45, still 12/29/08. 1/5/9 - Cath #3 out, dr. did cycloscope, saw potential blockage, put in Catheter #4, 1/13/9 - Had operation St. Francis - removed blockage, put in Cath #5, suppose to be removed 1/19/9
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.
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled now for 2/9/9