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I have posted here before but I wish to report new developments.

I had the Green Light Laser Op on April 7. I was foleyed for the better part of a month because I still couldn't pee.  Then on May 2 I had a heart attack that required surgery.  Again i had to be foleyed because they had to concentrate on cardiac issues and put UR issues aside.

I still couldn't pee.  It was found that my bladder muscles were very weak so I was taught CIC.  My regimine is for 4X per day. For the first week I cathed using Speedicath by Coloplast.

Then I decided to try without cathing....Success!  I find that when I urinate I pass 300-400 ml. (Sometimes 500 ml if I wait.) I cathed a few times after urinating to see what I was "leaving behind."  It is between 50-60 ml which to me is OK.  I have yet to report this development to my urologist because I want to be sure it's not a fluke.

Anyone else ever hear of a bladder "waking up" before?

Tom

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    JimJames will soon be referring you to his experience, and indeed, I have every reason to think it is a very common experience. Happy for you.
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    Yes. 4 years ago I had Green Light Laser. After 8 months of recovery I was doing great until I was involved in an auto accident 3 years later. The trauma caused my retention to recur. I was offered TURP but refused. Then I was told that if I wait long enough my system would return to normal. The meantime I was saddled with a Foley catheter. After 8 months I requested CIC self catheters. Upon receiving a shipment of 360 CIC's, my system suddenly returned to about 75% of normal which it still is after another 8 months. I am 86 years old and call it a miracle and I hope it lasts.

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      Lester, you wrote about 8 months of recovery after Green Light laser procedure.  Could you say more about that recovery period?  I had the Green Light procedure nearly 4 months ago; it left alot of hanging residue and inflammation , so 2 months ago, I had a follow-up procedure (Gyrus Turp) to clean that up.  For the last 4 months, I've been left totally incontinent, requiring 4 or more Depends per day, and they're pretty much soaked when I change.  I'm doing Kegel and other exercises under guidance of a physical therapist, but I've yet to see any change.   Did you have anything like this during those 8 months?

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      Not as bad as yours but I had a lot of blood loss. If the same doctor did both procedures and left you in that condition you should consult a medical malpractice attorney.
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    Interesting to note that there is so much mention of self catheterisation in the USA but little mention of it being used in the UK. I think if I got to that point I would have an op to improve things.
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    Tom, I'm no health profressional but I would propose a theory. I suspect that your bladder neck and/or bladder reacted to the Green Light and then extended in-dwelling Foley cath time during your heart procedure by going into a spasm of some sort. Then, when you relieved it of some of its duties for a while by self cath it settled down and returned to some semblance of normalcy. I hope by now things have regularly returned to normal and you have done away with the catheter in general. I had a bad experience with a Green Light myself that had to be aborted and changed over to a turp. I ended up having to have a foley for close to 2 weeks after the procedure

    Lawrence06345

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