Welcome aboard. This website is loaded with real information from the patients. And you can let your dad know that we have seen hundreds of cases post surgery that things improved with time. incontinence and impotence are no exception to the rule. Time is now necessary to see how well your father will improve.
Sorry that they prematurely pulled the catheter but good on the doctor to notice. Before they attempt to remove it again you might ask to speak to the doctor first to see if all the tests have been completed to verify that the catheter can come out. The typical time for catheter removal post op is from one week to two or three. There is a test that can help determine if there is any leakage of urine. Still when the catheter comes out there may be blood present but it usually improves quickly.
Sorry your dad is not tech savvy, but you are doing great. I would recommend that if your dad can't get to the computer, that he may want to consider a live support group. The largest such group is UsTOO International. I run one of their chapters here in Las Vegas and like this site it is a great resource for your father. You can search local chapters by going to www.ustoo.org
. Hopefully, with over 300 chapters, there is one close to your father. There is one in Rochester at the Mayo Clinic.
Let your father know that we are pulling for him and that he should keep his spirits high as we have seen many men come out from under the dark clouds...
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/17/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.