To all of my colleagues here on HW.
Of all the posts I have written over the yrs..never have I hoped for at least a few supportive and/or informative replies than I do now.
I do not have prostate cancer..but BPH.
Third week of February...my enlarged prostate..(Which I knew would eventually have to be addressed ) really acted up--I went to the ER--unable to urinate.
Thank God for my long time excellent Urologist here in Philly--who I have been seeing for 20 yrs.
While in the ER of the Hospital (he is not affiliated with) I e-mailed him...telling him..I needed the "Green Light Laser" procedure-(We had discussed it in May of this yr when I saw him.)
Tho he only operates on Wed- & was booked...(weeks ahead) he "Made some space" to do mine the following Wed--(It is a short procedure--60- 90 mins)
OK....had it done...Wed 24 Feb...(Coming up on 4 wks)
Stayed overnight w a catheter---Was told me Prostate was "Very large"--
Was released...the next morning--all went well--
Now to "cut to the chase"-
My urination is now quite good- Tho I get up 5 or 6 times/nite to pee
His PA....(and he..himself) told me after surgery...."For the next,,,6,,,8...weeks or more...you are gonna see all kindsa stuff when you pee. Sometimes blood will come out...clots...dark urine etc"
Basically,,....there is a large "scab" on the prostate that needs to "shed"--!
When I went last week to see his PA.....I urinated & she did the ultrasound--& I was evacuating well--! (My urine was the color of "Hawaiian Punch"...)
She said all looked good- but me...be the incurable worry wart----started to worry last week....when after "normal urinations".....5 mins later or so--- I need to "go" again....& out came...red blood...with a big clot or two.
I e-mailed my Urologist bout this--he was kind enough to call me to reassure me--"Richard...you had a very big prostate. You have a large scab on it--that needs to shed.-Don't worry."
Even tho--at the time..I felt better---Whenever I get one of those.."red urinations...with the clots...I FREAK OUT !!
I think to myself....WHEN will this eventually heal..??
WHEN will this bleeding stop..???
I am not doing any lifting etc---following all instructions...no aspirin..no caffeine...etc---BUT,,,,..WHY this continued..(NOT all the time) periods of blood with clots.???
I know I am driving my very nice/kind....excellent Urologist....a bit crazy w my e-mails..(One w a photo..of the clots from my iphone)
I am drinking lots of water & most of the time...my peeing is "normal" colored-- but..WHY thee episodes..of "blood/clots"..?
He told me.."Richard,,...this will take,,,6.8 weeks or more !
I fear I am losing blood (He assured me..I am not) says body makes blood quickly & the blood I see...is very small.
Is there ANYONE...out there in the HW community...who has had the "Green Like Laser" surgery (A big improvement over the old fashioned..."TURP "...as they do not cut- but the laser...."vaporizes"...the Prostate tissue....keeping bleeding to a minimum...! )
But...you have read my long post-& I HOPE I can get..1...2 or more who have HAD this "Green Light Laser"...procedure--& can give me some or any feedback,,,!
What was your experience..?? Please...any feedback/support will be greatly appreciated !!!-
Thank you all so much...! (Again,,here my neurosis "kicks in"....where the Dr--tells me...one thing..more than once....yet...I still worry--)
Anyone out there that can help..?? I;d be sooo thankful !-