Prostate Cancer - surgery -- cathedor went back in HELP 43 yr old male

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   Posted 6/29/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is a 43 year old male who recently had prostate surgery to remove the prostate.   He had the cathedor in for 1 week.  Yesterday it came out FINALLY!  And he was unable to pee on his own so today it went back in-- Has anyone else had this?  Why did this happen?   What does his road of recovery look like- what can we expect?
Caring wife

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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 6/29/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Patsuz.. I am 51, had the op on May 17th. Catheter out, but still having issues. Thought it was Urinary Tract Infection, but tests say no.. difficult to start AND difficult to stop. Most of the time it's ok and I do need to give it time. Re your situation, it really is much too soon, though he's much too young to have to deal with this as well. You need to remember that the plumbing was basically cut-off and then reattached.. so there is certainly some healing going on there. And this is REAL soon for you guys. My dr said not to worry that it's related to the PCa, says it's related to the surgery. I would guess the same it true for you folks.. nothing "travel" to that area so quickly to stop his flow.. so it has to be operation/healing that is the issue. I'm guessing and hoping that it's just a time issue and nothing to be too concerned about!!! Best of luck.
First ever PSA test Jan 2010 @ 51 years old. 4.0.
Digital exam in March 2010 showed 1 side hard, other soft.
Biopsy, positive in 3 of 12.
Davinci @ Boston Medical Center, May 17, 2010.
Was suggested prior to it was likely contained.
June 1 advised 3+-4 was really 4+3 per pathology. Pos margins.
Catheter removed June 1.. 1 pad/day, doing ok. ED, but not in rush.
Sore as heck down there, but doing much walking with my wife.
To meet with my Uri (1st meeting since) June 17 - 1 mo point, to discuss.
BMC already has me setup to meet with radiology.
Felling a little better each day. Cant tell if my expectancy just went from 10-15 down to 5-7, the information out there appears to be all over the place. I WILL NOT radiate my insides to the point of being a veg for the sake of a few years. QOL is primary to me. Selfish I guess. I pray for all of you as I do for myself, but must remember that i've had a pretty good 50+ years, and know others who have lost their children to disease.. so I dont have the nerve to complain!

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 78
   Posted 6/29/2010 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same thing happen to me. After the first cat. came out I was ok for a short while but then got all blocked up. I went to the emergency room and had another put in. It lasted a few days and then was taken out. No problems at all after that.
Good luck to your husband. I hope all goes well with him.

Rising PSA 12/06=1.6 12/07=2.1 5/08=2.6
Biopsy 6/4/08 12 core 4 Positive 15%,15%,8%,3%
Diagnose @ Age 51 Gleason 3+3=6
Bone & Cat Scans Normal
Lapro Surgery 8/18/08 at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Pathology report stage T2c organ confined with positive apical margin Gleason 3+3 = 6 (with tertiary grade 4)
Catheter removed 8/26 - reinserted 8/29 - removed 9/2
No continence or potency problems from the get-go.
First post op PSA 10/2/08  < 0.05
2nd  post op PSA 12/30/08 < 0.05
3rd  post op PSA 3/30/09 < 0.01
4th  post op PSA 6/25/09  0.01
PSA 9/25/09 0.01, 12/28/09 0.01, 4/2/10 .01

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 6/29/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome,

What happened to your husband with the catheter, is unpleasant and even painful, but not totally uncommon. Sometimes the cath is removed too soon in the healing process. When the cath is removed, the urehtra-bladder neck connection can swell and cause a blockage. Because of that, I was on caths
for 63 days straight after my original surgery.

Good luck to your husband this time around.

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 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17

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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 134
   Posted 6/29/2010 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
When my catheter was removed, the nurse who did it said it was a little more difficult than normal to remove. After that I suffered a painful night because I was having a difficult time voiding. I called the Dr.'s office and they told me to take an anti-inflammatory. After taking Advil for a couple of days the inflammation cleared up and I was able to void; uncontrollably of course due to the incontinence, but no pain.
Age 52 at diagnosis, father died of PCa
PSA: 10/16/09 - 2.8; 1/11/10 - 3.8
Biopsy 11/25/09, 11 core samples - HG PIN on right side
Biopsy 2/17/10, 11 core samples - left side, adenocarcinoma, Gleason 6, one core at 5%
Notified of dx on 3/12/10 (27th wedding anniversary) via phone by the nurse! (dropped this Uro!)
MRI 3/17/10 and bone scan, 3/23/10, indicate: gland volume is 27mL, PCa is confined to prostate, seminal vesicles and vas deferens are unremarkable.
RALP conducted 19 May 2010 by Dr. Lee at U. Penn Presbyterian
Pathology report on 10 Jun 2010: Gleason 6; gland involvement by carcinoma < 2%; tumor in peripheral zone on BOTH sides; no capsular, extracapsular extension, lymph node, or seminal vesical involvement; and no positive margins.
Incontinence: first four days after catheter removal - only1-3 pads/day (but urethra was inflammed); 2d week (after inflammation) - 8-10 pads/day (sometimes more!); 3d week - 4-6 pads; 4th and 5th weeks - 3-4 pads. Of course, all this depends on how much I stand and it gets worse later in the day.
ED: started the pump the 4th week after the catheter removal. Four sets, twice a day per instructions. Not as fun as it sounded.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 598
   Posted 6/29/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
It is almost certainly due to post surgery swelling. Everyone is different. Don't panic. Needing a catheter for more than the usual 10 days is very common.
Also, blood and blood clots are to be expected for 8 weeks or so. It is shocking to see, but normal. The time for action is when you can't void.
Paul ED website for PCa guys

46 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
10/07 PSA 5.06 (Biopsy 11/07 1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report: Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.) Never a problem since.
ED - at one year, ED is fine with viagra.
Two year PSA - undetectable!

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