Posted 1/30/2011 5:06 PM (GMT -7)
That was good advice on not being eager to self cath. When we men have our prostate surgeries, there is a lot of delicate sewing and sutures in place. When I had one of my early emergency sessions with a cath, the local ER almost did perm damage to me, angering my surgeon, as the on-call ER doc did not listen to the Uro's advice about what size and type of cath to use. That was a night from hell to me, as two doctors and a total of 3 nurses tried to get a cath back into me.
As far as self-cathing, there are legitimate times for that, and lots of people have done it for years (but what a hassle), but the self-cath caths are much smaller in diameter, and are suppose to be easily inserted, assuming there is normal tissue that it is passing through.
The whole subject still makes me cringe. Ouch.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10