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Bill_4
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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.

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lewvino
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Joined: May 2009

Bill,
Glad you are doing better. I get my cath out in 12 more hours after 12 days on the cath. I'll let the group know how it goes for me. Keeping my fingers crossed, maybe I should cross my legs?

Larry

JR1949
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Joined: Jun 2009

Bill_4,
It's been nearly six months since I had radical prostatectomy. I am 60, my pre-surgery PSA was 22, second post operative, 0.008. I can relate to the pain with catheter, not severe as yours but still annoying. I had one incision which even now itches and tingles just a little. I used hand lotion to ease the pain in the early stages post-op and that really eased the pain and itching. Another thing that worked for me was gently rubbing the incision site in small circles. My wife told me that worked for her after her hysterectomy. As you said, I too am constantly reminded how healing varies for each of us everytime I read someone's posting on these bulletin boards. Good luck with your healing. It does get better.

JR1949

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Bill_4
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Joined: Jun 2009

Thanks JR for suggestions. I also have had some success with rubbing the wound with ice to stop the itching.
Bill

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