I too had bruising. It went mostly away within about
2 weeks or less. Don't be alarmed by it, as I believe it's fairly normal. It was in my post op guide that it would happen.
I had one unpleasant surprise myself...yesterday, 3 weeks post surgery, I had really bloody urine suddenly after everything had been clear since the cath came out. It freaked me out and I called the doc immediately. I thought for sure something had torn or gone wrong. I didn't have any pain though. The doc said that about
3 weeks post surgery it's common for an internal scab to lift off and come out (thus the clot of blood) along with some mild bleeding. Sure enough it was cleared up within an hour.
Just wondering. Why did they say the cath had to be in for 3 weeks? I don't think the cath causes any bruising, but it is uncomfortable. My doc only had it in for 10 days. Guess all these docs have their own protocols.
Gleason scores from 4 pathologies of the same biopsy with 2 of 12 cores positive for cancer (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.)
4) both cores 3+4 (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.
and the winner is...post op Gleason score of 3+4.
Good pathology report with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g. Amazing how something so small can cause such problems!
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...