Six Weeks & Starting to Bleed...

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   Posted 3/28/2007 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I am six weeks post surgery.  I have bled a little on occasion, but today I started bleeding (urine is pink, and getting darker every time I change pads).  Is this normal?  Also, there have been small blood clots (more like specks) passing.  Should I call the surgeon tomorrow or just watch it and/or put up with it?
Gene <><

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   Posted 3/28/2007 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   


I know nothing about surgery recovery, but if it were me I think I would be calling the surgeon today!

Good luck to you and hope it's an OK occurence.


Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)  Currently 71
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
Completed Proton therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001
5yr PSA   0.17
Have had no side effects.

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   Posted 3/28/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gene:  I had bleeding start up about 4 weeks out of surgery and called my surgeon's office.  It is "not uncommon" they said, adding that "it's not overly common." 
Your situation sounds like mine.  Mine worked out fine, although it scared the heck out of me.   After weeks of clear urine, I had a little bright red blood one afternoon, then heavy bleeding, then big clots coming out, followed by clear urine since (thank God).
Dealing with bleeding weeks after surgery can freak you out, but I'm sure you're fine.  I had those little scabby-looking things too.
Call your doctor though.  If you are still passing blood, he or she may want to take a look at it.  They can eyeball it and estimate the actual amount of blood.
Best to ya.

54 years old

PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

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   Posted 3/28/2007 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Gene---MD told me about possible bleeding but none yet 4 weeks post-op, check w/MD is a good choice
Age 47 excellent health
First PSA test ever 12/06 was 17.2
Biopsy - Gleason 3+4=7 involving all core biopsies 80% on right and 30% left
DaVinci 2/28/07
Post-op biopsy-Gleason 3+3=6 Stage 3Tb
Lupron shot 3/15/07, no PSA level yet.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/29/2007 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree, call the surgeon. Pianoman may be 100% right, i went to the sane center he did and they know their stuff. But the Surgeon should be monitoring this. If blood is getting in the urine stream, it is possible that urine is getting out of it. A simple test can confirm that.


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   Posted 3/29/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   

I had a similar situation but with only a little pink in the urine and no blood clots at 4 weeks. I called my surgeon and he said that it was not unusual and should go away in a few days. It did and never came back. Just to settle your anxiety call your surgeon.

Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07

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   Posted 4/6/2007 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I am now seven weeks post surgery. I called the surgeon's nurse about my bleeding. Subsquently, he ordered a urinanalysis. She called back the next day and said "There are too many white blood cells to count. He's calling in a prescription." He prescribed a sulhur drug, which I took for a week. I completed it yesterday, so I called her back to see if I needed to donate more urine so they could check to see if I still had the infection (which I assumed that's what the presence of those white blood cells meant).

She said, "No, your culture did not grow anything. You are fine." Now I am confused, I experienced bleeding again today. Here's my question to anyone who can answer:

What does it mean when one has "too many white blood cells to count" if it does not mean there is an infection? And if there is an infection, why would the culture not "grow" anything?

Thanks for your input.

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