green light surgery while on blood thinner

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I have seen nothing on anyone's experience with TURP while on Coumadin/Lovenox.   This could mean it isn't worth recording.   I am willing to share  problems I experienced from surgery 11 days ago unlike others herein.   They were not unexpected, however..   If anyone is interested enough, get in touch with me.  Otherwise I'll spare the rest of you a boring read.   Let me say this:  IT AINT' THE SAME!

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    Please go ahead and post your experience.   If you don't, someone could come looking for information on that topic in a year or two, and you may be sunning yourself on some beach, having forgotten about the board.

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    Hi glenn, I would be very much interested in your experience with Turp? Where you in complete urine retention? No natural void? Thats my problem. I have been doing cic for 11 months.

    At  87 i don't feel comfortable about having this surgery? How old are you Glenn

    Looking forward to your info on Turp.

    Thanks,

    frank,

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      No, Frank, I voided but it was very annoying.   Although my nighttime incidents were not remarkable I could never be comfortably far from a rest room.  Thirty to 45 minutes was often my max and then the amount was minimal.  The stream was weak and I felt comfortable only when seated.  My bladder did empty.  It controlled my life and at 85 and on blood thinner it was not a decision made lightly.  My urologist tried to keep control of my prostate with meds for years but finally that stopped working.   We both went into this reluctantly and with reservations.   Would I go through the surgery again?    Yes, altho I am not out the 'woods' yet.   I am still getting up 5 or 6 times a night.   Yesterday I lost control before I could make it to the pot but I was protected.   What I have to report 30 - 60 days from now remains to be seen.   You didn't say whether you are on blood thinner or not.   Wish I could tell you unequivocally to 'Do it!' but I can't do that.   It is your decision and may God grand you wisdom. 

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      Frank, I am your age and had green light laser but retention recurred. I was about to do CIC when I discovered that a diuretic in the form of half a water pill a day restored my urination. It's worth a try and can do no harm.

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      Hi Lester, Thanks for that info.You say you are also almost 88?Did you have urine retention before the surgery?The water pill sounds great. Was this something  you did,or your urologist recommend it?

      Thanks Lester ,looking forward to your reply.

      frank,

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      Frank, I had green light laser for retention a few years ago. Then years later I was in an auto accident and retention recurred. They then wanted to do TURP to restore. I refused and opted for CIC until I could make a decision or watchful waiting. In the meantime I saw my primary care physician for swelling on my feet. He prescribed water pills. To my surprise it worked on both reducing swelling and restoring urination.
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      Lester,Thanks for that info.My Urologist  also wants to do Turk or green light ,he won't say i will be able to urinate after surgery.I also refused and started doing CIC. It's been 1 year now .It's great how the water pill helped you.How long did you do CIC? Do you still do CIC?I haven't had a natural void in 1 year. I had a urodynamics test ,did not pass.could not urinate.Did you do this test also?

      Thanks so much, looking forward to your response.

      frank,

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      Glenn, Thanks for that info. No i'm not on blood thinners. Did you try CIC before surgery?I don't understand why you are still getting up 5 or 6 times a night, after your surgery.

      I hope things get better for you.Thanks again Glenn for this info. Keep in touch let me know how very thing is in 30 days.

      Thanks 

      frank,

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      No CIC.  My bladder emptied.   It has only been 12 days since surgery and even tho the time between the 'call' and 'response' is widening, it still catches me sometimes and I am glad I am wearing Depends.  Getting up so much at night for small releases is a pain.

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      Frank,  This is just FYI.  Should you ever have to have a procedure for your BPH, make sure your surgeon/urologist is highly trained in whatever procedure (s) he/she uses.  I had the Greenlight Laser procedure in March of 2016, and was left totally incontinent and with a long stricture that starts at the sphincter and extends out.  Because of its location and length, it is effectively irreparable.  My new urologist is also a professor at a university medical school.  He said he had been trained in doing GreenLight procedures and had trained students in the procedure, but he no longer will perform or teach the procedure because of the risky nature of it.  I'm sure there are some highly skilled doctors who employ it in appropriate situations;  unfortunately, the doctor who did mine is not one of them.

      Glenn

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      Glenn, I'm so sorry to hear the problem you had with Greenlight surgery.I guess thats one of the reasons they won't guarantee results. They would have a lot of law suits on there hands.

      Glenn di you say you were my age,87 almost 88?The problem is and always will be how can we as patients know if the Dr is highly qualified. Of if you ask him how many of these procedures have you done ,i'm sure he's going to say many, many.I'm sure there is a risk involved.So now what are you going to do, see another urologist ?or do CIC?Are you still incontinent?I sure hope you can get an answer to your problem.

      Looking forward to your response, What does FYI mean?

      frank,

       

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      Frank,

      FYI means "for your information'"     I'm 78.5 now, and was nearly 77 when my disaster happened..   No way do I need CIC since my bladder leaks all day long.  So it's diapers or catheter and and bag for me, 24 x 7.   I've spent nearly $10 K out of pocket seeing specialists, to no avail.  Some thinkgs have no fix.   Glenn

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      Glenn, There might be a cure for your problem. It's called a bladder pace maker. it's put in your bladder. They would do a trail first to see if it will work.Ask your urologist about this. Good luck Glenn.I hope this is an answer.

      frank

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      Thanks much, Frank.  That is good to know.   I am still passing blood from the 'scabs' sloughing.   Got up 5 times last night.   My apt w/urologist is tomorrow afternoon.  Will address that with him.   I have a tour of Italy scheduled for early November.   You can imagine my doubts about the success of that !!

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