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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/18/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
Last October, I had a new Aortic valve fitted into my heart.Previously I had been to the Dr regarding difficulty in passing urine from time to time.He was assessing my prostate condition
The aneasthetic for the heart op precipitated prostate difficulties ( I am told this is very common ) and I ended up catheterised.The cath remained in for 6 months (changed at regular intervals )Finally a Urology surgeon sorted things by giving me a PVP ( Prostate vaporisation procedure ) using a laser my urethra access was widened.The operation exceeded my wildest dreams and I can now pee like a 20 yr old ( Iam  66 ) BUT , there was some bleeding round the catheter before the op and it continues now.If I drink 2 litres of water per day it sort of washes it clean, but most mornings there is considerable clotting, long "snakes" of coagulated blood. Personally,I think it is a result of 11 catheters being moved in and out, during which my urethra was damaged.
Iam on warfarin (6 mg perday currently)  so any damge  repair is always going to be a long haul.The Urology team did a prostate byopsy at the same time as the Surgery and this showed a benign state.The Laser surgery is , of course self cauterising as it burns it`s way around, but the byopsy is knife and needle intrusive and can cause bleeds (big time) but my bleed is different and seems to be right athe end of the exit from the bladder.
American readers might like to know that my heart was repaired at St Georges Hospital London, and my prostate at Frimley Park Hospital Surrey.It did not cost me a penny !!

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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 179
   Posted 5/18/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you are no longer having urinary problems and prayers that the bleeding issue clears up.

Also, don't your taxes pay for your medical care?
63 yo
V10.46 Dx Feb-09

RRP 5-5-09

No adverse SE

PSA 6-19-09  -0-

PSA 9-21-09  -0-

1 year PSA 5-3-10  -0-

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 5/18/2010 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry to hear about your plight. I can relate, as I am on my 16th catheter in less than 18 months, next Monday, #17 will be in place. I have been on a Suprapubic Catheter continuous since Oct 1, 2009, so approaching the 8th month mark. I was on a series of foley catheters for over 100 days prior.

I have been fortunate, in that through out all the catheter time, never had any bleeding in or around the catheter itself. After my 5 corrective surgeries since, I do go through a period of bleeding, weird looking squiggly things, etc as you describe.

I feel your pain, sounds like you are in a complicated situation.

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, 4/8 .04, next one:  July
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, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 4/23 put in

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