Well, the big day today, I went back to the surgeon, 10 days post-op, and got the urinary catheter removed. First feeling was "great, it's finally out!" Then I dribbled all over the examining room floor and felt nowhere near as good.
So I've been home for a few hours, and really have no idea how to master this continence trick. I know about the kegel muscle and I've been working that, but I can't imagine how to keep it clenched 24 hours a day. My doc said that 10% of his patients are continent from the first day, and the rest can take days, weeks or months to get to that point.
Right now I'm setting my timer for 60 minutes and going to the bathroom, because if I wait longer, things start to dribble.
There must be LOTS of people on this forum with experience in getting to full continence. Any suggestions would be appreciated -- the more explicit the better!!! Thanks.
Age 57, PSA 6.0, Biopsy - 3/12 cores , Gleason 3+4
Aug 27 2010:
open RRP at UPMC Shadyside Pittsburgh, nerves spared
lab results: 0/23 lymph nodes involved, negative margins, woo hoo!