catheter moving in penis

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   Posted 4/3/2007 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband, age 51, had a radical prostatectomy March 29th and is home from the hospital.  He seems to be doing very well.  The worst part is the catheter.  Each morning he wakens with what seems to be blood on the front of him and on the sheets.  Is that normal?  And also, he complains he can feel the catheter moving up and down in his penis.  Is that ok?  His urine is still not clear either, but he is drinking about 6 or 8 half liter bottles of water daily.
Any input would be appreciated.

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   Posted 4/3/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Is the tube still taped to his leg?  Its not ok.  The tape should keep the cathater from doing that.  You should call your urologist.

Post Edited (jackcc) : 4/3/2007 9:53:23 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/3/2007 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is taped high up on his thigh to try to prevent the feeling of the catheter moving.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/3/2007 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
The catheter moving is normal, but the bleeding should be reported to your surgeon. While some bleeding is normal, I personally did not have any, one concern is if blood is coming out is he leaking inside with the urine? By explaining these symptoms to your surgeon, your are taking careful precaution.


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   Posted 4/3/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree.  SHould not be any bleeding.  Call your Dr.


    PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
    Gleason 7
    Biopsy - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved.
    All Lab's clear.  No Cancer outside prostate
    Cathiter in for 3 weeks due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00
    Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
    Feb.20th Cystoscope and 2nd Post Op PSA. Another 0.00.....:)
    Dr. said everything looks fine.  Continue to work Kegeal's. Leaking appears to have improved  after Cystoscope?!?!?!  Down to 3-4 pads per day!
    March 1st  Leaking has crept back up to 6 - 8 pads a day ??????? 
    March 8th Started Detrol LA to see if it helps with the leaking?
    March 29th Collagen injection into sphincter / bladder neck area to control excessive leaking.
    Return office visit May 2nd unless leaking starts agian.
    May 22nd Follow up and 3rd Post Op PSA

Cedar Chopper
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   Posted 4/4/2007 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I experienced a little blood outside the catheter during bowel movements.
Once, some of this blood worked its way into the urine - again after a bowel movement.
This was replaced by urine outside the catheter during bowel movements as I healed.
My physician likes to leave the catheter in for 21 days - to ensure healing of the urethra stitches.
Regardless, I recommend walking a little more each day -and plenty of water.

I agree with the others.  Your physician needs to know about ANY blood.

Keeping you in good thoughts.

Cedar Chopper

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Post Edited (Cedar Chopper) : 4/4/2007 3:38:17 AM (GMT-6)

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