How long after Urolift Procedure before natural void amounts get normal/better?

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Hello All,

How long after Urolift Procedure before natural void amounts get normal/better?  I had the procedure done last Tuesday and had the indwelling catheter removed this morning.

Thanks!

Riggs

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    Hi Riggs,

    This is one of those "your mileage may vary" answers.  Each responds differently to the procedure.  In my case, I peed like the proverbial race horse as soon as I got off the table.  Luckily, there was a pan nearby...  :-)   That said, in case (Dec 2015), it lasted only 3 or 4 months.  My doc, very experienced, said I could stop the two meds I'd been taking.  Intuition said No, but I really didn't like the side-effects.  So I stopped. In retrospect, you might want to consider staying on the Alpha blockers (or what-have-you) if you're on some...

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    Riggs  All men heal at different rate.  I was good to go in 2 weeks.  They do say that it take about a month.  Just relax and don't lift anything heavy..  Ken 

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    They let me go after the procedure (11 months ago) after I passed 4 pinkish drops - no catheter.  I wore a Depends guard on the 30 min trip home, but didn't need it.  The next day was sore but a little better.  On the 3rd day I passed a small clot - not expecting that and wasn't told to look for it (unless in the fine print).  After that it has been slowly getting better.  The stream is stronger, but control (starting and stopping) is variable.  My urologist suggested to retrain the bladder, go when I feel the urge rather than waiting for a specific period of time.  Overnight, I average once a night getting up.  Some days it's 6 hours.   In the last year, I occasionally wear a guard pad on long trips (plane and car), but really haven't needed it.  As others say, take it slow on the exercise front.  If you're a biker I would wait a couple of months at a minimum.  Even then try short rides at first (or wear dark bike shorts).  I stopped the tamsulosin (Flomax generic) right after the surgery.  Good luck.

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      Hi Mark,

      How long after you left from having the surgery before you were able to urinate normal amounts or did you have to self cath for a while.   Thanks Riggs

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      Riggs,  I never self cathed.  Until I came on this site (particularly after my surgery), I didn't realize that there may have been a chance I would have to self cath.  Shows I probably should have done more investigation.  My urologist never even talked about it.

      I was surprised that they let me go home after only producing 4 drops of urine that had some blood in it.  I was encouraged to drink water.  I was able to pee when I got home.  It started out with small amounts frequently (every hour or so).  The frequency declined over the next few days and the soreness went away.  Except for the clot on day 3, it was as expected.  A little better and larger amounts each day.  Within a week, my stream was noticeably stronger.  As far as amounts, I did not keep track.  My urologist had me come in a month later to do a uroflo / bladder ultrasound.  Over the last year, my only concern was one of control.  I did 30 minutes of a 60 minute spin (bike) class in the gym about 1-2 months after the surgery.  By the time I got to the locker room, I was peeing into a towel.  Other than that there were some minor accidents, but it's gotten a little better.  To sum up, stream stronger, averaging once a night getting up to pee, control getting better, no retrograde ejaculation.  I think I am voiding about the same each time I go to the bathroom.  It doesn't seem much different. 

      Ken1955 is a great source.  He writes to most of us who post on this subject.  Keep up your spirits.  Don't be afraid to talk up to your urologist.  The doctor works for you.

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