Went through my pre-op procedures this morning. Took 1 1/2 hours, they were very thorough this time around. Had a new EKG and Lung X-ray, both came back squeaky clean, 3 vials of blood, and a whole bunch of questions and answers. Due to the amount of pain meds I am on, they had to give me a special schedule to follow the 24 hours before surgery. The nurse said that if it weren't for all the cancers I've had and the damage that being treated for cancer, I was a perfect specimen, espcially for someone about
to turn 60.
They decided to do the surgery at the main hospital, vs. the outpatient facility, my uro/surgeon likes to make sure he has everything he needs, for any kind of contingency. Nurse said that it won't be easy for him to get through to the bladder at this point (with the bypass in place), and should expect, depending on how many samples he takes to biopsy, that will probably have some pain for 3-4 days.
So, unless something comes back unexpected, going to have the exploratory surgery on Tuesday, July 10th at 9:30 in the morning. Will still, unfortunately, need a foley catheter in place for at least 3 days, to as much as a week. This will make number 22. Hard to believe. Thought with the by-pass, my cath days were over with for life.
The best I can hope for, is that the surgeon can make it into the bladder, get his samples, and they come back negative. Worse case, is that he can't safely complete the surgery, then we will be back to square one, and any other attempt to get into the bladder would involve open surgery, which I would not like to have to deal with.