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Im posting on behalf of my Dad and really would appreciate any advice.
A bit of background info for context - my Dad who is 77 got admitted to hospital 10 months ago with Acute Urinary Retention. They inserted a catheter to drain the urine and after many months of investigation they diagnosed BPH as the cause. After many TWOCs it became apparent that he would need to have a long term catheter fitted and go on a waiting list for either Green Light or TURP. The hospital where my dad got operated on tried to persuade him to go for TURP because they hadn't performed many Green Light Surgeries.
After much consideration he opted for Green Light in the hope that it would be be less invasive and would recover quicker. By the time his surgery took place in August 2015 he had been on a long term catheter for 9 months. He had Green Light Laser surgery 5 weeks ago. Less than 24 hrs after his op they removed his catheter and he couldn't pass urine at all. It took 4 attempts to insert a size 10 catheter. They discharged him with the catheter in place and told him to come back 2 weeks later to have it removed.
When they removed it he was able to pass urine and they sent him home. His flow wasn't great and 3 days later he had to go back into A&E as he couldn't pass more than a dribble and he was in pain. By the time they catheterised him he had over 850 mls in his bladder. They kept him in and said it was probably a blood clot obstructing flow or a lazy bladder and sent him home with a self tap catheter in order to re-train his bladder.
Yesterday he went in for a TWOC and although he passed urine well for the first hour, after 3 hours he couldn't pass any urine at all. They had to re-catheterise him and have said he needs to have a cystoscopy in order to determine what is causing the obstruction. The only thing is, they have said that it might take 10-12 weeks to get an appointment!! If that is the case it'll be a year since he first had a catheter fitted.
My dad is so disheartened. Is there anyone out there that has had to have a catheter in for so long before and after surgery and does anyone know what could be stopping his urine flow in this sporadic way?
He is fearful that he might have to go back in for more surgery which he really doesn't want as this has all been really hard on him.
Can anyone offer any advice?
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