Aug 23, 2009 - 6:54 pm
Tomorrow is my four week anniversary since robotic assisted surgery. Two days after my catheter was removed (seventh day following surgery), I could no longer urinate and was in terrible pain. So it was off to the emergency room at 2 AM to have another catheter inserted and get relief. Seven days later the catheter was again removed. This time it was a matter of hours, then great pain and back for catheter and week number three. Last Thursday, after again removing the catheter, they taught me how to self catheterize. Well luck was with me (so far). I was able to urinate right away and have had no problems day or night for four days now. I am fully continent as I was the first time the catheter was removed. No leakage. My surgeon said sometimes they see this (hyper-continence) and it could be due to swelling. Most of the pain has subsided but I still have aches in one of the incision sites and two incision sites are occasionally sensitive at the surface to the weight of a shirt or heavy blanket. So I just wear a soft white tee-shirt. I am constantly reminded how healing varies for each of us.
Bill, Age 60, pre-surgery PSA 5.6, Gleason 6 (3+3), clear margins.