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I am scheduled to have my urologist's NP show me how to self cath next week. Aside from the experience itself, I am very concerned about the number of people on this forum that have spoken about the bleeding they experienced in experimenting with finding the right catheter for themselves.
I am and have been a heart patient for more than 35 years. I had open heart surgery in 2005 and over the past 6 or 7 years have had 6 stents placed in various arteries. These procedures demand that I stay on blood thinners to keep the stents open. I was planning to have a TURP (which was supposed to happen tomorrow) and decided to postpone it in favor of trying CIC. The TURP required that I stop the blood thinner a week before the TURP.
I am and will remain on the blood thinner for the foreseeable future, hence my concern about injuring the urethra and causing it to bleed. My question is how much bleeding occurs if damage is done? Is it a consequential amount or just a few drops?
I understand that everyone is different, but would really appreciate hearing from those who have bled a bit about their experiences in these regards.
Thanks in advance for any information that is offered.
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