Good questions, Kelli.
Most men will have a foley catheter in after surgery anywhere from 5 days on the low side to a couple of weeks on the long side. Seems like a lot have them for 7-10 day period. This is to give one of the touchiest parts of the surgery a chance to heal, it is where the neck of the bladder and the urertha tube join together. Due to surgical complications, my original cath was left in for 30 days. When it was taken out, the very next morning a new one had to be put back in because it blocked up. This went back and forth several times, including a visit right after Christmas to the emergency room. Finally, my dr. did a small operation to open it back up and after 63 days I was catheter free. Then in July, it blocked up again. This time it took an emergency dialation procedure which is very painful and still another catheter. By the time I had a second corrective surgery, to open it up again, I was back on a catheter for 38 days. One month to the day of that operation, I started closing up still again, and with radiation before me, which cause even more swelling, the dr. put in this SP catheter, which exits below my belly button instead of the penis, and did still another dialation. Today was the only time that I ever had any catheter block up.
Yes, six months after surgery, my cancer has returned. Yes, I am a Stage 2. Prostate cancer has a mind of its own as you follow all the different men's stories here at HW. That is why I am going through what they call here, Salvage Radiation Treatment. Mostly called that because it has been more than six months since my primary treatment, surgery.
Some men, hoping your father will be one, can go through the treatments without any major issues, some go right through radiation like a breeze. Each body is different and reacts differently to treatments and operations. Most of my blockages is because for whatever reason, my body over does the scarring over part. Not the surgeons fault, just a quirk with my make up.
Thanks for you concern and my best wishes for your Dod.
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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery 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, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out 38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl.agree to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg with uro/surg, 9/29- pre-op, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - suprapubic cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.