foley question - about to have rezum procedure

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I wanted to hear from those of you that have had a foley put in. Im scheduled to have a rezum on thursday. they will be putting a foley in me after the procedure. I go to urologist on monday to have it removed. I was told they do some sort of test to see if you can pee yet and if you cant they put it back in.

do you think after 4 days, ill be able to pee on my own? what does the foley feel like?

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    I had a foley tied to my ankle for most of the summer. I do not care for the thigh location of the bag, and I never used the larger night bag. Preferred strapped to my ankle. Also, never liked the stabilizer they stick to your inner thigh so the catheter and bladder bulb does not get yanked out. For me, this was more irritating to my pecker because it kept yanking my pecker. So what I did was use blue painters tape to suspend and tape it to my leg. Works well in the shower also without coming loose.

    You have to figure out what works best for you based on anatomy, activity, etc. Make it comfortable so you are not torturing yourself for the duration.

    One more thing. Get some KY Gel and keep it lubed. You can thank me later.

    Dave

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    I had a foley tied to my ankle for most of the summer. I do not care for the thigh location of the bag, and I never used the larger night bag. Preferred strapped to my ankle. Also, never liked the stabilizer they stick to your inner thigh so the catheter and bladder bulb does not get yanked out. For me, this was more irritating to my pecker because it kept yanking my pecker. So what I did was use blue painters tape to suspend and tape it to my leg. Works well in the shower also without coming loose.

    You have to figure out what works best for you based on anatomy, activity, etc. Make it comfortable so you are not torturing yourself for the duration.

    One more thing. Get some KY Gel and keep it lubed. You can thank me later.

    Dave

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      Yes, I always lubed the hose going in and pulled back my pecker and slide it back and forth to lube the inside as well. I also wore boxers with a pair of cotton briefs draped over in the inside of the boxers (like a bib). You need freedom and you do not want things held too tight. Give yourself some room and keep it lubed. The KY Gel works best because it is thicker and sticks better.

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      One more thing. I used elastic girl headbands up and down my leg to secure the catheter hose and keep things from flopping around. I am short legged and there was plenty of hose in the foley kit. It also worked well at night while I was sleeping. I am a side sleeper so I would position the foley to the front of my shin so I would not mash it. Plus, the head of my bed was elevated so the bag at my ankle was always lower than my bladder. During the day I would move the bag to the outside of my leg. To empty, I would put a foot on the toilet and reach over draining the bag. Just remember when you lift you leg, it pulls on the cord. Same when sitting for a bowel movement.

      I hope this helps.

      Dave

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    I just had the Rezum done August 1.

    Your experience: "Your mileage may vary."

    My experience: The Foley for me was really uncomfortable after the pain pills wore off from the procedure. The most uncomfortable part of the Foley is where the Cath sits in the bladder on top of your uretha. The Cath has a small bladder which is filled with saline solution, to keep the Cath in place. For some folks, it makes you feel like you constantly have to go to the bathroom even though your bladder is empty. To deal with this feeling, I highly recommend going to a pharmacy to buy the over-the-counter drug called AZO that is used for UTIs. That drug helps deaden the feel of the catheter sitting on your bladder. (It also turns your pee red and stains clothes).

    The other thing to know about the Foley Cath is when they take it out. Obviously, it is important that you are able to pee. But what you should know is having the Catheter in your bladder and then removed, causes irritation to that area. Your body senses that irritation and as a consequence, you may experience a lot of frequency the first night without it. Just be prepared.

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      thanks matt. were you able to pee when it came out or did you have to have it reinstalled?

      also, did the dr just say, try going to the bathroom when he removed to see if you good to go?

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    Don't worry. They will be putting it in after the procedure so you will not feel it. But this is best so your prostate can relax because it is going to be swelling. How big is your prostate and how many injection are they going to put in. I feel no more then 6 in the right area will do the job. Do not let them over dew the injections. It is your body and you should still have a say. 3 on each side is good. In the report on Rezum Instruction it shows you on page 16 the places that are important. If you have not looked at the 24 page report just put in Rezum Instruction. It is the first one on the page.

    Good luck....Ken

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      Buddy I know you want to trust your doctor but you should have some concerns and comfort him. If he is a good doctor and if he has your concerns at heart he will listen to what you have to say

      I'm not talking about retro that is none of my business and some men do not care about that. I am concern that he is going to do a over kill of the prostate tissue. Steam is going to destroy the tissue that is how it makes it smaller but if you do to much it will cause you a lot of scare tissue which will cause more problems and the only way to clean up the mess is a Turp procedure.

      Please be careful. Just be award you are going to have to live with what is going to happen. Good Luck......Ken

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      thank you for your concern. it is very much appreciated. the reason i am flying to see this dr perform the rezum is that he is one of the best in the country. he ran the study.

      i have all the faith in him. no need to discuss that part further

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      If he his a good doctor he will not mind you asking him question. Some like it. I don't care for doctor that think they are better then anyone else just because there a doctor. It can't be just faith

      Good luck..............Ken

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    Hi

    its no big deal , a little restrictive i found but for only four days its nothing to worry about at all . not painful , but maybe a little uncomfortable at times

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      Here's how the testing is done. Before the catheter is removed, someone (Dr, nurse or technician) will clamp the Foley tube near the bag, and then use a port on the Foley to fill your bladder with sterile water. They will then remove the Foley from your bladder and see how you drain. They may measure the flow rate.

      I recommend trying very hard to AVOID having a Foley removed on a Friday, with most urology practices closed on Sat and Sunday. After I had a Greenlight procedure on a Thursday, the catheter was removed on Friday, and flow was OK. By Saturday midnight, I was in acute retention due to swelling in the area of the perineum, and I was in agony as my wife drove me to the ER, screaming for her to drive faster. It then took another hour's wait to sign in, show insurance cards, wait for an exam room. Then there was no doctor free to order the nurses put in a Foley. Let me tell you, you don't want to have to go to an ER on a Friday or Saturday night.

      One more thing. If you have any sensitivity to latex, make sure you get a silicon catheter.

      Glenn

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      One more comment. Ask about what brand of bag they will provide you. I was sent home the first time with a large bag designed for hanging on a bed rail, with a large clear stiff plastic hose.

      After I had to either wear diapers for two years, or use condom catheters, I discovered Hollister brand bags with a soft flexible tubes. So much better than any other bags I tried to use.

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      yes , they used a portable uktrasound to see how much urine was left in my bladder after voiding . There was 300 ml left so i was given disposable catheters to use myself .

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