I am right with you at day 48 and I have also noticed I will get up twice at night now too. Not so much a real urgency like when I had BPH symptoms, but when I wake up i think , "Well it woke me up so bladder must be filled". And it might even be 8-10 ounces (what is a full bladder volume anyways?? -- ok 420-620 ml = 14-21 oz!!!). Is there such a thing as a Lazy Bladder where it signals "full" too soon?? Since I had BPH before prostate surgery I kind of think the bladder had gotten to a non-rubbery state (due to thickening of the muscle walls). I will ask my uro when I go in next week if this is normal (I am sure he will say yes) and what to do about
it (I am sure he will say it will subside with time). Maybe we need to resist the urge to go every time the urge hits and make the bladder work for a living for that extra hour?? Good question though.
(Update: I did a quick google on this and this one comment sizes it up (for me at least)):
"The muscles that surround the bladder that squeeze it to get the water out get thick and tough from having to squeeze so hard to start the flow of water from the bladder. After the surgery they no longer have to strain to empty the bladder but because they have had to work so hard over the preceding months or years, it takes a long time for them to return to normal and get used to relaxing for a change. So that's another part of the recovery which takes a while. Hope this helps shed a little light on the matter."
Age 58, 192lbs, 6'4", 57 at DX, PSA Aug2008 7 4 ... June2007 4.7 (BPH + LUTS)
Biopsy Nov2008 1 of 12 cores 5%, Gleason 3+3 - Sona showed 140+ cc (110 grams post op) prostate size.
open RP surgery 02/03/9, Nerve sparing both sides, 1 day in hospital, Day 4 first BM,
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report - All margins clear - No Invasive spread - no change in Gleason score.
Cath out on 2/18/9, passed a STONE within hours. To be analyzed by doc.
Using pump (encore) daily since catheter out -- Viagra and Levitra samples now and then (no effect).
03/06/09 Started Levitra 20mg rehabbing.
Post Edited (JimStars) : 3/23/2009 12:22:19 PM (GMT-6)