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Three weeks ago I was one of the few patients allowed to have an elective surgery despite our governor's order to suspend such surgeries during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a BNI (I believe it was the plasma button type) procedure with incisions in the "5 and 7" o'clock positions of the bladder neck with the material between removed. The surgery went well with a 22 gauge catheter inserted in my urethra by my surgeon. I was told in the recovery room that my surgeon found some bladder damage, but he was not specific - and that's all I can recall except that he told me to remove the catheter the very next day early in the morning. I have the special syringe to de-pressurize the balloon and I then slowly pulled the catheter out the next morning.
I was delighted to find that the first day I could void fairly well, but on the second day, it stopped again and I was back to catheterizing myself. I've been through 2 uro-lift procedures and the second one 3 months ago is what caused me to stop voiding. I can't seem to get a clear answer from my urologist as to how long the recovery period is or when I can expect to get a stream again. I am 71 and in reasonably good health with a very low PSA but did have BPH requiring the uro-lifts. Is there anyone else out there who can give advice on how long it could take me to stream again? I don't care about the pain...I'd be delighted to bite down on a stick just to void. For now, I'm self-cathing about 5 times a day with a bit of blood in the initial drainage. After that, urine appears to be light yellow (no UTI) and a bit viscous due to the K-Y jelly I use to lubricate the catheter. Thanks in advance for any feedback or advice.
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