Randy still can't pee on his own. The doctors seem to have no idea what caused this, but seem relatively calm and sure that it will eventually resolve itself. We, on the other hand, are worried. I can find lots of articles showing that urinary retention is a side effect of this surgery, but most of those deal with urinary retention after activation, not 11 days after surgery...
A Foley was inserted, and removed, then reinserted, then removed again, then reinserted. Taking it in and out to see if he could go on his own was making the issue worse. And, the surgeon didn't want the Foley to stay in for any length of time, as a Foley at the cuff site can cause erosion.
Donna - Believe me when I say that I understand what your husband is going thru. I had a similar experience, and the emotional trauma of the whole AUS experience still plagues me to no end. Generally I do not tell my story in
open forums, as I don't want it to scare away anyone who may be considering having this surgery. Thousands of men have had this surgery, but somehow I drew the unlucky straw.
The urologist promised me a 45 minute procedure and I would be home that afternoon, no cath, and was scheduled first surgery in the morning. It didn't work out that way. I was at the hospital for 12 hours, and was eventually sent home with a Foley. The whole day was awful, one trauma after another, and I wish I could forget it.
As with Randy, the Foley was removed several times but I couldn't pee. The pressure was unbearable. They would "measure" my bladder with an ultrasound and wouldn't reinsert the Foley until it read 300ml or whatever... then the cath would go in and over a liter of urine would spray everywhere.
That happened three times. Eventually I was scoped and the urologist sent me for emergency surgery to replace the cuff. He too said he'd "never seen this happen before". I trusted the wrong doctor. Everything had to be postponed. I still leak but only need 1-2 pads daily.
I strain to urinate and have to pump the AUS several times during the flow. The surgeon appears unconcerned. I know I will need to find another urologist and I dread it so, as it seems that urology is what half of the flunkies from med school go into. It was my original urologist who watched my PSA steadily rise for four years without ever mentioning the word cancer.
In a way, I am "relieved" to hear that at last, I am not alone in having terrible luck with what should have been fairly straightforward procedures. I'm sorry that it is your husband who is experiencing this now. I wish there was something that I could offer other than commiseration. Some days we are fortunate, other days we are not. And some days we really get quapped upon.