Catheter fitted early December

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Hello, I had a Catheter fitted early December because I was unable to pee.

I was taken to hospital and they fitted it.

I was kept in for a few days and they removed it to see if i could go OK, unfortunately I could not and was re fitted with a catheter.

That is how things have been left, I have an appointment with the urologist at the end of January.

I was hoping that surgery on my prostate would fix my problem, but reading the post on this problem has worried me.

Did any one have prostate surgery and fix the problem?

Barry

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    Barry, I'm kind of like you. I had three surgeries over a period of 14 years. My last surgery, which was a turp. After the surgery, I could not pee on my own. That was roughly 30 months ago. I now have to self-catheter {CIC} to empty my bladder. At first, I was hesistant about CIC. I felt, that I wouldn't be able to insert the catheter on my own. After the first time doing it, no problem at all! Now, I am glad that I chose to CIC, instead of wearing a bag with the catheter attached to it. You probably are uncomfortable wearing the bag, I know I was. Good luck,Dennis

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      My urologist recommended CIC but I found it distressing. You also need to make sure that you don't get a UTI if you reuse the catheters. You will need to CIC several times a day probably at least 4 or 5. It is rather expensive as well but some people prefer it to the Foley. I preferred the Foley with a valve.

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    I have not had prostate surgery but had the same problem of not being able to pee and had Foley catheter for many months up to this October. At first I used the drain bag and when the catheter was taken out I could not pee again. About July or August I switched to a valve with no bag. When I had a cystoscope in October the catheter was taken out for a third time and I have been able to pee ever since. You probably need some more medical or surgical treatment but I would advise you to change to valve system rather than the bag. The valve allows your bladder to fill up and then you can empty it rather than it always being empty. Over time being empty all the time the bladder will no longer work most likely. I have a somewhat enlarged prostate but a drug seems to help with that and I am peeing fine. For short term the bag is fine but for long term the valve I found was much better. It is more comfortable too. Not everyone can use it so you should consult your doctor. The valves are not expensive. They are supposed to be replaced every seven days but I used mine much longer with no problems.

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    Can you explain what a Foley is please.

    Barry

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