My husband had the traditional open radical prostatectomy in July. He had absolutly no control for the first 3-5 weeks. Then he started and still stays dry all night and is into mid-morning before he has to change pads now. The problem he says is that he can't feel when he has to urinate. He doesn't have the feeling that his bladder is full like he used to. So...that's my question for you guys. Do you ever get that feeling back that your bladder is full and you need to urinate? Is it the same kind of feeling or a different feeling? Or do you just relieve yourselves every hour or so whether you feel you need to or not?
He is improving and I'm aware that the control comes back in 3 stages and for the kind of surgery he had I think he is right on schedule. I'm just curious if the loss of signal or feeling to have to urinate is common.
Best wishes to all,
Husband diagnosed May 2006 at age 50. RRP performed 13 July 06.
PSA 5.7, Gleason 3+4=7, Staged T2C, Cancer confined to prostate.
His father diagnosed at age 62 and is currently a 13 year survivor!