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incontinence after robotic

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Joined: Nov 2009

I would very much appreciate anyone responding to this post. I'm starting to get to the "worried" stage where I'm wondering if this is the way it's going to be for the rest of my life.

I am 64, was diagnosed with cancer on July 29, 2009 I had robotic surgery on Nov. 3rd, my catheter out on the 13th. Saturday, the 14th, I was running errands all over town, in and out of the car, walking, whatever and with no problems. By Monday it was going down hill. Now 1 week later I still can barely get up from sitting without losing something that means a pad change, probably would lose it all if I weren't so close to the bathroom. Walking is fine but if I sneeze or cough it could be trouble. I am doing my Kegel exercises.

I would love to hear from those with any like experiences. Did it get better? How soon? What else can I do?

I am of course willing to share my experiences with anyone I think it would help.


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Joined: Apr 2009

Give the healing time.....took me a month to get "dry"

William Parkinson
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Joined: Oct 2009

It is way too early to get worried about this yet. Like potency itself, it can take some time, although nowhere near as long as the time it takes the average man to return to potency. My best estimate would be another two months from now (or even three months more). Even then, that would be in no way a time to panic. That can still be early for some men. Bear in mind, there are many options to help this problem should the time come (e.g., collagen injections, which create a stenosis; thst is to say, a narrowing of the bladder neck, making it much easier to control your flow and even artificial sphincter insertion). So don't get discouraged yet at all!!!!

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I was diagnosed on 28 July, had my RP on 7 Oct. My RP included reconstruction of the neck of my bladder due to numerous bouts of prostatitis over the years which thinned it. My surgeon said due to the reconstruction to expect incontinence for about 2 months.

I was pretty wet the first day then started being improving quickly; I put on a pad after showering in the morning and changing it when I went to bed, both times the pad was fairly dry.

I developed a urinary tract infection at about week 3 so started antibiotics and restarted anti-spasm medicine. When the UTI cleared up so did my short lived improved continence. Rationalization was that I no longer had the constant urge to urinate so I wasn't clenching as much, more relaxed resulted in more leakage.

The UTI seems to be back but the leakage is about the same. My night time pad is effectively dry in the morning but I go through 2-3 pads during the day. I know most of the time when I leak; sneezing, coughing, transitioning to or from standing. With the infection I sometimes miss that I really do need to urinate and that creates a leak.

One of 2 sphincters that controls urination was removed; we have sort of relearn how to urinate and how not to urinate. It takes time.

My doctor says I am on track and should continue to improve.


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Joined: Jul 2009

My da Vinci was September 24. I'll be 62 next month. I am down to one pad. I seem to do fine over night and most of the day until around 5 or 6 in the evening and start to leak some.

It takes time to heal.

On my six week check up my doctor asked me how I was doing and I told him I was down to 3 or 4 a day. He said I should try the bio feedback they offer. Also that it might not be covered by insurance. I decided to really concentrate on staying dry. I got it down to one pad, with the 6 o'clock leak.

That's where I am at.

Tom D Orlando

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Joined: May 2007

Patience everyone. I have been incontinent for the last 3 1/2 yrs. You all stay positive and I wish you the best.


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Joined: Dec 2008

Be patient. My surgery was in July 2007 and didn't get rid of the pads until ten months after.
Regular walks and excercise were very helpful. Hang in there.

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Joined: Nov 2009

It's way too soon to be worrying about it. You can expect leakage for several months and based on what my doctor told me, that's very normal. It sounds like you're off to a pretty good start.

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Joined: Nov 2009

I want to take time to thank all of you who have responded to my question. It must have been that "false Positive" I got from that first day after cath. removal. I just never expected to go backwards from there.

I'm not going to say anything stupid like "you don't know how much it has helped, because I know that each of you do know". And it is greatly appreciated.


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Joined: Jul 2009

Both of these things helped me a lot and I know this sounds weird but drink a lot of water it helped me immensely..


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