Hello Klains; My RRP was in July of 2010, and had the catheter out on Aug 5. I was expecting it to be painful, but it wasn't. There was an odd feeling for just a couple of seconds, but that was all. I had another urological surgery in December, and had to have a catheter overnight. I took this one out myself.
When the first cath was removed, I leaked a lot the first day, but none that night. I walked a LOT before the surgery, and also while healing up. I just learned to deal with the catheter, but I walked several miles every day. As soon as the cath was removed, I started doing the kegals, and I still do them occasionally now when I think about it.
I wore pads for the first few days, and a diaper at night for about a week. After the second day, I noticed that I was leaking less, and finally reached the point where I "got the urge" to pee again. It felt different, and required a lot less time to pee than before the surgery. I continued doing the kegals several times each day, and after about ten days, I had 95% control. Within a month, I was 99.9%.
Even today, if I allow my bladder to get full, and if I was to lift something heavy, and cough, or sneeze, I will have that sensation of leakage. Sometimes I'll lose a drop or two, usually not, but eitherway, it's nothing that the briefs cannot handle.
Your guy will do fine. Just encourage him with the kegals.
Please keep us posted.
Age 57 at Dx
5/09 PSA 2.26
6/2010 PSA 3.07 FPSA 18% DRE +
Biopsy, 7 of 18+, >60%, 4+5=9
7/21/2010 - RRP
Nodes neg, Ves neg
tumor contained, still 4+5=9
9/3, 2010 PSA - 0.04
9/3/2010, I'm 99% continent
10/14/10, PSA still 0.04, and lupron #1, now 99.9% continent
Total ED, 3 caverject failed
10/20/10 OD'd .5cc trimix, after 3hrs, neo synephrine shot
tried .15 & .17 cc neg, next .2