A nurse (male as it happened to be), removed the catheter in Dr. F's office. Seven days is typical with da Vinci. However, he doesn't take any chances as some on here will testify, there can be complications.
First, he sent us for an X-ray, just before the cath removal appointment. We took the film with us to his office. Dr. F. reviewed it and deemed all to be well. He told us that rarely is there any reason to leave the catheter in any longer than that.
If the post-op path report looks good, and all is well, you'd be in good hands with a home uro. His booklet explains so well all the post recovery steps and he (a nurse) can prescribe by phone the choice of viagra/cialis/etc. Dr. F. recommended getting on one of those for ED within a week or two following cath removal. He doesn't want you to "use" it; just get the blood flowing.
Please don't hesitate to ask any specifics about
Dr. F/staff/hospital. I'm more than happy to help in any way.
I'm editing this. Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure it was one of Dr. F's surgical techs who removed the cath.
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now
Post Edited (GreenAcres) : 3/3/2007 7:10:29 AM (GMT-7)