I am well versed in the blockage issues. Sorry you are still on a catheter. Be careful about the self cath routine, some of us can handle it, and some of us can't. If you feel you can't do it on a regular basis without difficulty, then I would opt to stay on a catheter. Or if it looks like you might be talking about months, like in my case, you might want to discuss having a Suprapubic Catheter put in like I have, at least it doesnt come out your penis. My uro/surgeon is not a fan of the stents you mentioned, my wife and I discussed that with him, he said they have a bad habit of becoming inbedded in place, and when they are removed, they can cause perm. incontinence.
Please keep me posted of your situation. I can definitely feel for you. Today is day 63 on this catheter, going to have it changed out for a new one next Monday.
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
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place