Sonny, please keep me posted on what you think and how you are doing with the suprapubic catheter. To my knowledge, you are the only brother here that had one coming out of surgery, as opposed to the standard foley cath coming out of the weiner area.
From what I understand, once it exits your side, it works like any other cath, with the leg bags and what we call the big bag, and there is a "y" where it exits, one for the exit tube and one to inflate/deflate the balloon. I will be interested in when its time to have it removed, how that goes, etc.
Are you getting much if any irratation from where it exits? Does it hurt at all at that point? I assume its bandaged?
There's still a likely chance in my ongoing saga, that the next step for me might to have one installed, could be cath #8 since last November, but this time, it would stay in the entire time of radiation and perhaps 2 months after, meant to ease some suffering and act as a pre-emptive strike against blockage and retention issues that both the rad. oncl. and my uro/sur know is going to happen.
Hope you are still healing well, my brother. You have done great, and should be a good future source of hope and encouragement to any new brother considering your path.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out 38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, does not rec. HT at this time, mapping on 9/21/9