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can't pee after prostate surgery (Page 1)

party hi all ; just had this turp done, after 3 months with the bag on,yikes. had the bag and cath taken off last week so its just been a few days , i was just thinking has anyone had this done ? and how long is the recovery time ? month - month -half ? peeing on my own now but after 4-5 hours still have some still in and i have to use a catheter to get it all out .any were from 300 ml to 350 left.any thoughts on this? thanks. deleterman. headstand
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First Helper mcos
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replied January 4th, 2009
How did this turn out for you?
I am having urination issues post removal of the catheter that was in for three weeks after radical prostate surgery. Rolling Eyes
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replied January 4th, 2009
can't pee
after about 6 mon's it is just about back to befor.so i'm glad about that.so i have to say that this has turned out ok for me , but it takes some time.every one is different.
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replied January 4th, 2009
Thank you
It has only been a week since my catheter removal; so maybe I am just a little impatient at this point.
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replied January 4th, 2009
can' pee
did they give you some catheters to use after you pee then use a catheter and see how much is left in your blatter and if it less than i think 50 or 74 ml your good to go..
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Users who thank deleterman for this post: gEdward 

replied January 4th, 2009
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They did an ultrasound and believe my bladder is empting ok. It just takes a bunch of trips to the john; about every 20 minutes. Urine test was negative for infection. Possible problems are swelling, blood clot, scar tissue, and other. I start with a dribble, then a very slow flow of an ounce or two, and then flex the sphincter muscle to empty the bladder. It's hard work, but it works for now.

I really appreciate having someone to talk to about this. Thank you
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replied January 4th, 2009
can't pee
i had a lot of blood clots , i fact i had to go to the er to get that taken care of and thats when i had a bag and everything.about a week after i got out of the hospital.it just takes time .
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replied January 5th, 2009
Scope today
Spoke to my doctor last night and he is going to scope the area with a fiber-optic camera today. Probably more blood clots.

My first go around with the catheter yielded many clots in the bag and I had two procedures while the catheter was still in to remove them. baffle

Saga continues!
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replied January 6th, 2009
Scope success
That was fun! Turns out the urine canal is open and clear. There is some swelling in the Bladder that is restricting flow. Much better today; water pressure (flow) has increased significantly.

Hopeful
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replied January 7th, 2009
can't pee
glad things are looking up for you.just takes time. I remember when i went in to the ER and the nurse mixed up some concoxtion and injected it in to my blader through the catheter and it felt like burning acid but it got this blood clot out -it was about 8 in's long...well you get the idea , good luck.one last thing -i never had any pain.
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replied March 15th, 2009
Any advice
I had DiVinci surgery 2 months ago. Good news is that I'm doing great, no issues other than getting my soldier to salute. Ihave noticed recently that when I pee, that I pass something that looks like a heavy, yellow speghitti. It sinks to the bottom of the bowl. It is starting to freak me out
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replied March 15th, 2009
can't pee
5mons later i was still passing what looked like old dryed out wood chips that i think was just old dryed out blood clots.it just took me alonge time to get bact to the way i was before.
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replied March 19th, 2009
Getting better every day
It has now been almost 4 months post surgery and doing very well. PSA is zero as of a week ago. Incontinence is an issue; Dr. says give it about 6 months to a year to go away completely.

Soldier not saluting at all, taking Cialis twice a week but no help yet. Dr. says that will take more time as well.

Hope all of you are doing well.
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replied March 19th, 2009
can't pee
well good luck to you ! it's been obout 10 mons and it looks like i'm back almost like new , some times still get up 1-2 time a night.
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replied May 13th, 2010
I had my robotic prostate removal surgery 2 weeks ago. I had my catheter removed 4 days later. Could not pee. had to have catheter reinserted twice more with same problem. I finally have no catheter but having leakage. Occasionally I can make it to the bathroom but have no constant stream. I have to push my bladder and hit the Kegel motion in order to get a squirt. I continue squirting until the bladder feels empty. I am 74 and kind of disappointed that I cannot produce a stream. Any others have this problem? Has anyone had the same problem and then later start producing a stream?
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replied March 28th, 2012
Pain and difficulty urinating after catheter removal
I had robotic surgery to remove prostate15 days ago. Also I could not pee after catheter removed and had to have another put in for a second week. But it was narrow and movement irritated ureter. So extraordinary pain now when I pee and sometimes I cannot, plus burning sensation for few minutes after. We checked but there is no sign of infection. Have another catheter now to insert by myself if I cannot empty bladder. Absolute agony getting it in and out leaving me shaking and sweaty after. I've had plenty of sports injuries but never pain like this. Pain killers (tramadol or panadeine) do not help much. Oddly not a drop of leakage yet (I seem to have opposite problem!).
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replied March 31st, 2012
I had a radical prostatectomy by open surgery three and a half weeks ago. The catheter didn't 'want' to come out till they took it out yesterday. I couldn't pee and by evening was in A&E to have another one put in - they say this one will be in for two weeks. Problem is, it's agony and burning all the time but there's no infection, and they said there were no blockages in there. I'm really worried that the same will happen again in another two weeks and I'll never get rid of the thing! Anybody else had a similar situation?
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replied April 1st, 2012
peeing pain
I'm sorry to hear your pain although I also have (see above) and it is comforting to know I am not alone. My consultant urologist and nurse were very blase about it and seemed surprised at the pain. Good news is I only had to use the self-inserted catheter once (first night after getting it) and I have been able to pee since. The day after I used it the flow was weak but since then has been good but still painful; but not half as painful as it was the first few days. However, I have to pee every 2 hr day and night so I'm not sleeping well. I read a website where a guy's catheter appeared stuck but he eventually removed it himself http://tommolloy.com/2011/11/15/result/
His blog is worth reading around. Also one my a runner:
http://prostaterunner.blogspot.co.nz/

My other problemn is constipation which just when I think it is gone returns a couple of days alter. It exacerbated the pain during urination.
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replied May 24th, 2012
TURP surgery
DonP I had TURP surgery 18 days ago. I still have a catheter. It was removed 2 days after surgery ,but after 6 hours( 2 of those six in agony)it was reinstalled. 6 Days later it was removed again. 24 hours later, could not pee so the catheter was put back in.7 days later the cath was removed again. 24 hours later it was put back in. the last 2 times I could pee some for about 6 hours, then just drips and drizzles,and finialy nothing. Has this happened to any one? Hoew did they fix it?
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replied May 26th, 2012
I have the same problem. I had TURP surgery.Not all of the prostrate removed. it will be 4 weeks next monday with the catheter in. Dr has removed it 3 times and after 6 huores the first time he had to put it back. I could not pee. the next 2 times I had it out about 24 hours and had to have it put back in. It worries me but, Dr says it is do to sweeling and I will heal and be able to pee again.
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replied April 16th, 2012
Hello to all, my husband had his prostate completely removed 5months ago. Every now and then he has the urge that his bladder is full, even tho' he has just had a pee. There is no infection in the urine, when tested, so he doesn't know why this keeps happening. Does anyone else have this problem? What were you told what it was and what do do. Thank you in advance. Tania
PS. To all you guys still going through the (pad stage) try women's night time sanitary pads (with wings)they are loads cheaper than the men's type, Try them!!!
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replied April 16th, 2012
the need 2p
I think the bladder muscles can have spasms which may explain the feeling. Gone are the days I could last 6 hr without a pee, apparently the bladder contracts after having had a catheter and can take months to expand again. SO I am told.
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Users who thank mcos for this post: Sandytiddleflops 

replied April 2nd, 2013
My Dad (in his 60's) had his prostate out about 2 months ago, I am starting to get stressed out as he is as he 1st had the catheter for 3 weeks (extra time as his surgeon went on holidays) then had it taken out. Couldn't pee so was sent home with another. Had this one out a week later, straight back in after 24 hours...then again they took it out, then went home with a larger catheter, got blocked had to go to hospital in Ambulance as he had 5 hours of pee in his bladder - was in agony,they have now put a tube out of his belly to hep drain if the catheter gets blocked. In the past two weeks he has had another 4 larger catheters put in to no avail - he is in again now and surgeon may operate tomorrow to see what else can be done. Anyone had this many dramas and did they eventually get it sorted. Dad's at his wits end!
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