glad you are still doing ok. yes, i have had 2 mini ops done the way your described, plus 2 with laser instead. the laser one's produced the least post surgrey pain, but interestingly, have been the least effective. I was blocked up again within 4-6 weeks of both laser surgeries.
to give you some encouragement on the continence issue, despite the 5 surgeries to correct, the ER trip, and two emergency in office dialations, none has altered my status of being 100% continent. I have test every day this week, plugging off the cath, and seeing how I can go on my own, etc. today, only barely made it 2 1/2 hours before the pain in my bladder neck overwhelmed me. As in the other tests, even if I force a small tiny output, the strain to do it causes other problems and pains.
My surgeon is good when he does cut up there, since I dont have ED, he always cuts two slits, I believe he said at 5 oclock and 7 oclock, to help the neck drain easier into the urethra, and he said by doing so, he avoids the nerves that help control erections, so far, his handiwork hasn't messed that up.
Good luck, and as I said in the earlier post, if you would feel more comfortable leaving the foley in a few more days, its not going to hurt, might help you heal better. Its actually your choice, shouldn't matter to your doctor.
I am leaning now into leaving this suprapubic cath in place indefinitely until a more perm solution can be found, not sure I can or want to endure any more of this. After almost 5 1/2 months with one in place ,I have gotten use to it, other than changing bags, it doesnt really hurt.
Please keep me posted, or email if you wish.
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, no problem post SRT
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 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days