Garth, thanks for the respect, but I long ago lost any dignity dealing with this bout of cancer, the treatment, and the aftermath. I assume by tube you mean the catheter. Was a very long saga here for some 66 days.
I will give you the short version. Due to complications joining the urethra to the bladder neck, my surgeon had me stay with the original cath for 31 days. He took it out, in less then 24 hrs, had total blockage, so he put in #2. Two weeks later, he took it out, in less than 8 hours had total blockage. Had to go to ER, and had #3 put in. A week later, dr. took it out and ran a "scope" up me, after he looked, put in #4. Less than 2 weeks later, he did a corrective surgery while I was put under, and opened the opening at the bladder neck, and put in cath #5, the largest diameter one he could fit. A week later, on Jan 19th, he took it out, and so far, seems to be working, and I am learning to be continent. So I was on caths for 66 days. The worse was the ER one, they couldn't get it right, took several attempts, and did not use the correct size as the emergency urologist on call recommended.
Everytime my flow slow down, it makes me really really nervous. I will be seeing my dr on Monday with my first post surgery psa, so I have a question or two about this I am waiting to ask.
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9/9