Miracle and the cath is out!

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Susan R
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   Posted 2/7/2011 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Day 5 post Da Vinci

8:30 AM, I came home after taking our youngest to school and my husband says "we have a problem" he found a hole in his Cath tube, about 1 - 1.5 inches from his penis. I called the Dr office and they told us to come in. When he saw the Dr, he ordered an x-ray after locating the hole visually. They took his staples out, and then filled his bladder with water and a dye, then took x-rays to see if there was any leakage. Much to the Dr surprise, the bulb that is inside the bladder was not inflated. He says "there is not one reason this should have stayed in place, gravity should have taken it out once you stood up" I know it is corny, but I really believe the only way this stayed in place long enough for him to heal was all the prayer. Amazing. Either the bulb was never inflated in the OR, or that little hole deflated it (when we will never know) but of some reason, he healed enough to have the cath removed safely today. When they removed it, he was able to hold his urine. They had him empty his bladder, he was able to start and stop on demand, and then made the drive home (1 hour) without any leakage. He placed a pad when we got home, but hasnt had any leaking and has gone to the bathroom without issue. They replaced the staples with steri-strips. He states that the head of his penis is burning, any suggestions on how to help with this.

FYI, he states that there was no pain upon removal of the cath, but was the weirdest sensation.

James C.
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   Posted 2/7/2011 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
If burning while peeing, drink lots of water, this will reduce the acid content. If external, good old neosporin. In any case, congrats on the removals and the first good news on continence. Remember, there is still gonna be blood, blood clots, bits and pieces of tissue, etc sluff off in the next few weeks, so don't panic with what he see's coming out of him. If it ain't bright red and copious, then no problem, it's normal and to be expected.
James C. Age 63
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4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

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   Posted 2/7/2011 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll have to say this is the first time I've heard of a catheter staying in place once deflated.
The irritation may just be normal, but it never hurts to ask the doctor's office. When I had that, it turned out to be a UTI. Did they do a urine sample to culture? That is a normal part of the uro visit for me now. If it is external irritation, an OTC hydrocortisone cream might help. One thing to remember is still to keep it clean.
My uro also had me drink cranberry or cranberry-mix 100% juices - helps keep infections down. For me it has taken the place of my daily orange juice - that had to go to help the incontinence.
He will have some debris in the urine for quite a while as the urethra sutures heal.
Good to hear Good News!

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   Posted 2/7/2011 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
If the burning continues, ask his doctor for the generic drug pyridium, takes the burn right out, but dyes everything it touches a bright orange color, but it does work and it is cheap.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

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   Posted 2/7/2011 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I had great urine control for the first week after my cath. was removed. After that I started leaking like a hose. I figured it took a week for the inflamation to go down.

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   Posted 2/7/2011 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW, great result. He is one of the few that start off that good. Healed up fast too! Keep the good news coming.
06-08 1st biopsy neg psa 4
10-09 psa 5.5 2nd biopsy 1/12 pos. 10%, G(4+3) age 65
12-15-09 RRP Tulane NOLA Dr Lee
Path, 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent @ 12 months
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Methodist recomended AUS
AUS/ IPP performed 1/11/11 Methodist Houston
post op psa's 0.04,<0.1,<0.1,<0.01@12 mo.

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 2/7/2011 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
That is really an amazing story. I'm glad it worked out OK. I'm amazed that he has bladder control from the get go. I hope it remains that way.

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   Posted 2/7/2011 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   


Good report, and thanks for sharing. I strongly believe in the power of prayer.

I hope your husband continues to improve and I will remember you and him in my prayers.


Age 53...51 when diagnosed.
February/09 PSA 11...GP discoverd during yearly physical...referred to Urologist
Biopsy found cancer, Gleason score of 6.
July 2009...Nerve-Sparing open radical prostatectomy.
Doing very well...only issue is ED and that is getting better.

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   Posted 2/8/2011 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Not only did my cath stay in once it was deflated but it couldn't be removed. So, sometimes gravity is not enough. The theory is that it was hung up on a stitch that hadn't quite dissolved. A day or two later the stitch gave way with a bit of a pop when I gave the cath a pull. Apparently, there can be more going on inside than we know.

English Alf
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   Posted 2/9/2011 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a great start to the next stage, but remember to take it very steadily for the time being: the absence of enormous scars and bandages etc on the outside can make you forget there's a lot of stuff trying to mend and heal on the inside.

Maybe the cath stayed in place because he has an incredibly strong muscle at the bladder neck, which is now also doing its job keeping him dry.

Hope the steristrips are okay. I had stitches not staples, but had a steristrip in one place where the drain was removed, unfortunately my skin reacted to it and blistered.

Hope he stays dry.

Born Jun ‘60
Apr 09 PSA 8.6
DRE neg
Biop 2 of 12 pos
Gleason 3+3
29 Jul 09 DaVinci AVL-NKI Amsterdam
6 Aug 09 Cath out
PostOp Gleason 3+4 Bladder neck & Left SVI -T3b
No perin’l No vasc invasion Clear margins
Dry at night
21 Sep 09 No pads daytime
17 Nov 09 PSA 0.1
17 Mar 10 PSA 0.4 sent to RT
13 Apr CT
66Gy 28 Apr to 11 Jun 10
Tired + weird BMs
14 Sep 10 PSA <0.1
12 Jan 11 PSA <0.1
Erection OK

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   Posted 2/9/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad to hear of your husbands good news. I have followed your posts and have been pulling for you both. Sounds like he is on the road to a great recovery.
Age 67. Robotic prostatectomy 10/26/2010, due for RT in Janury 0f 2011. Eight of 12 lobes positive. Gleason Score 4+4=8, Margin envolvement was present with adipose tissue invasion and perineural invasion, glandular and stromal hyperplasia present,pT3 pNO and no evidence of metastatic adenocarcinoma. 1st psa after surgery Nov. 24, 2010 was .3
HT started Nov. 24, 2010.
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