Carebear, sure hoping that Bear makes it right into the zero club with no problems.
As far as the other issue goes, sounds almost like a classic case of a blockage or stricture taking place. You may need to see his dr. before Monday if he has symptons of a total blockage. Most uro/surgeon's don't like local ER's handling putting in an emergency catheter if he does block. I have been there and done that, no fun. As far as scopes go, it's never fun. Whether it hurts or nots mostly depends on whats going on up the urethra or bladder neck. If there is no inflamation or infection, a good doctor can make a flexible scope go into place fairly easy. They will usually numb the entrance with lydocal gel real good and let it sit a few minutes to numb.
I am about to be scoped again this Monday, will by at least my 5th, knowing there is dificulty at my bladder neck, I am going to be sedated by a shot about 30 minutes a head of time, so that the doctor can do his thing without creating a traumatic event again. Been there done that more than once.
Dialations are usually referred as "hard" or "soft". A soft one done by a good doctor really isnt too bad. A hard dialation should never be done to a concious patient in my opinion. I had that done last July under extreme emergency conditions. Never would want to repeat that without being put under.
If your husband is not certain or if he thinks his flow is still decreasing and/or with any kind of pain, I would reccomend calling his doctor very soon, before you get into a weekend situation.
Not trying to scare you or him, just wanted to give some first hand experience info on your question.
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
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days