Catheter: Urge to urinate? Leakage around cathetar?

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doting wife
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   Posted 10/15/2007 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
    I have another question.  Mike has been having some leakage around his cath.  Tonight he said he kept feeling the urge to urinate.  He was laying down and had the same feeling and then it just started coming out around the cath for a few seconds and then stopped.  His bag is filling up and now everything seems to be fine.  Once again has anyone experienced this?  I am feeing a little overwhelmed, although otherwise he is doing fine.  Thanks again for all of your help.  pam

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Mike A
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   Posted 10/15/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
The urge to urinate sounds like normal bladder spasms. I had them for a few days after surgery. The doctor can prescribe medication for it if it's really bothersome to Mike. I also had some leakage around the Catheter, nothing major just some occasional drips or small squirts, generally when I had the spasms. Occasionally they were stress related (standing up, stumbling, etc.). I think it's normal, but if you're really concerned, by all means call the doctor's office. Good Luck Pam, and don't feel overwhelmed - you are not alone! Make sure you take care of you, too!
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical
October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist
November 2005 - Biopsy negative
July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical
October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1
November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive
December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear.
February 2007 - Three to four pads a day, no erection with viagara.
March 2007 - Down to two pads a day, had first intercourse with Erecaid pump and bands, otherwise still flat tire.
April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02 and a great relief! Down to one pad a day. Still unable to achive erection without pump.
May, 2007 - Still one pad a day, even try a smaller pad on occasion. Slight improvement on the ED.
July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 still Non-Detectable. One small pad/day for a few drops only! No change in ED.
October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02 Non-Detectable...Yay! Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment.
"If patience is a virtue, I feel like the most virtuous guy on the planet!"

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 10/15/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the urge will be there for a while especially when the Cath comes out. I had some leakage too but not much and it did start to irritate the area where the cath entered the penis.
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
Biopsy - 3 of 12 (2@20% / 1@80%
Da Vinci 7/31/07 @ Duke
2.5 hr. surgery, released from Duke with in 14 hrs.
Saved both nerve bundles. 
Foley out 8/10/08
Positive Pathology Report 
Near left side nerve bundle
New Gleason 7
Oncology visit in the near future for radiation
Back to work 3 weeks following surgery - Sales
9/13/07 - 1 Post PSA Undetectable less than 0.1 
9/17/07 - Pad Free! 

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   Posted 10/15/2007 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Ditto for me. A seemingly constant urge to go for the first few days, with leakage. All that seemed to resolve after the first week, but, like kdnole, the opening became irritated the longer the cath was in. Once it was out, all was well. We all know how you're feeling! Take one day at a time and try to find some quiet time just for you.
60 years old
Dx March 2007
Pre-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
Clinical Stage: T1c
Biopsy: 1 in 10 positive
Da Vinci: June 7, 2007 
Post-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
   Clear at margins
First Post-PSA Sept 07 = <.01 (Hooray!!)

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   Posted 10/15/2007 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I had some leakage too, but it was when I was trying to have a BM and straining. I don't think it is that unusual. Take care.


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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My Angel was bright enough to buy me a pack of white "shop towels" that worked quite well for the leakage around my catheter. I simply wrapped one around and that allowed me to rest more comfortably.
Age: 57 (49 when diagnosed)
PSA 100+ 3/1999
Biopsy -positive, both nodes 03/1999
Bone Scan and CAT scan negative 4/1999
Radical prostatectomy and bladder neck removed 04/19/1999
HT - 05/1999 (Lupron every 3 months for 9 months)
RT - 6/1999
PSA 0.0-0.2 until 2001
Casodex 150mg 2001 until 2006
Casodex 100mg 2006-present
PSA 0.4-0.6 2001-2007

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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I had bladder spasms also. I was put on Detrol to help with that. I also had leakage around the cathiter. But, mine leaked the entire time unless I kept it pulled tight. The DR. did not seem too concerned about the leaking.

hang in there
    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.  Worked for a couple of days then back to leaking.
    April 17th (Six Months Post Op) 2nd Collagen Injection to control excessive leaking.  Leaking started back next day at work!
    May 14th Second Opinion about my leaking and Options at OU Medical Center.  After reviewing my records the Dr. feels I will probably need some surgical intervention to stop my leaking.  But did agree to try Bio-Feedback and work hard on the Kegeal's first!
    May 30th Follow up with my Dr. and 3rd Post Op PSA 0.00 agian!!!
    June 1st Start Bio-Feedback to try to control my leaking.

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