Catheter Removal

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   Posted 10/27/2006 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Age 59, no prior hospital time. PSA 2.5 to a 4.5 in about a year. Enlarged prostate with a growth. Just had the biopsy. 3/13 one is a 7 (3+4) others are 3+3. Scheduled for CT & Bone Scan on Monday. Next step is surgery to remove it.
Of all the things I'm anxious about, removing the catheter ranks right up there at the top. Is it a "white-knuckle" grab the doc by the throat experience? Can anyone share what the experience involves? Can you take a seditive?

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   Posted 10/27/2006 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   

The cath removal is the least of your worries as it is among the least uncomfortable of the procedures you are having to endure!

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   Posted 10/27/2006 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi George,

Yup, highly over rated as a white knuckle experience. In fact it ranks as a "no big deal". I would have to say the most unpleasent event of the whole surgical procedure was the purging of the intestinal track the night before surgery, and I have done this many times.

What type of surgical procedure did you opt for? I had the DaVinci procedure at age 60 just 8 months ago, and like you had 2 of 14 cores positive with a Gleason of 6 (3+3), negative boundries, PSA went form 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months, enlarged prostate, and scans were neg.

So don't worry, and good luck on your scans. Post us when you get hte chance.


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   Posted 10/27/2006 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi George,


You had the biopsy and didn't mention any problems there....  If you weren't anxious about that.... and did fine.... Then the catheter removal shouldn't even be on your radar :)


Keep remembering that Mr. Foley aka there to help!!!  and the two of you should get along just fine... 


Don’t hesitate to mention to your urologist about you’re anxiety…. about removal.  But ~ plan ahead so “you” don’t have to have the extra stress. 


Buddy was 53 and this was his first hospital visit for surgery.  We did fine and so will you!  They talk you through everything.


I will share this... if you've been having problems with urinating.... get ready for some nice relief.... We feel the tumors were pressing in on the urethra and after the prostate was taken out..... ahhhhhhhhhhh a nice good long pee took place once we got home.  2 hours post Mr. Foley removal.    No more waiting, waiting, gotta pee, waiting and finally some relief.  It’s been since April and we are still having nice flows… J


Take care and welcome to the family of people helping people.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy 53
RRP April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a   Confined to Prostate
June 29th PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable  :)

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   Posted 10/27/2006 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
The catherter is a little tube they run through your penis into the bladder.  A litte bubble is inflated at the end to hold it in the bladder.  To remove it , they deflate the little bubble and slide the tube out.  Its really no big deal.  I agree that its the least of your worries.  Don't worry about that.

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   Posted 10/27/2006 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   



I had my catheter removed this morning. It's definitely no big deal. As spinbsicuit said earlier, the worst part of the whole thing is the plumbing cleaning you do the day before surgery. To be perfectly blunt, it's only bad cause your get so sore due to the number of wipes you must do. Advise using as much lotion as possible early and often.


PS - I had no prior hospital time either and hated the idea. As many have stated here, the anticipation is worse than the event. That includes my biopsy, surgery and catheter removal.

Edit - You asked for details. They pour in clear liquids through the catheter tube prior to xrays - no pain. Barely feel the addition to the bladder. Take a few more xrays. Nurse seats you on side of table, removes liquid from bubble in cath in your bladder with syringe - no pain. Tells you to take a deep breath, then as you breathe out she pulls catheter out - no pain - slight tugging sensation - it's over quickly and is more of a relief than and discomfort. You have a small container to empty your bladder a few seconds after the catheter is removed. You gladly begin filling the container, then sit it on the counter because you were done, then begin dribbling down your leg and grab the sheet she covered you up with during the photo session. Laugh at the situation, dribble some more then begin the next phase of your recovery!

Diagnosed 8/24/06 at age 48
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
daVinci performed 10/20/06

Post Edited (dawgfan) : 10/27/2006 8:43:22 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/27/2006 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
No sweat my friend just had mine removed this Monday. Just like having a slick cord pulled out of you penis. Mildly uncomfortable, very mildly uncomfortable. Pain scale onf 1 to 10 this is a .0001.
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