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Scheduled to have PAE in 2 weeks. I've been self cathing (CIC) for the past 2 months, due to extreme acute urinary retention. My bladder muscles are still not very strong so I expect to CIC after PAE for awhile. Has anyone on this forum had to CIC after PAE? What was your experience? How soon were you able to CIC after the procedure?
My radiologist told me he isn't sending me home with a Foley catheter, and he said to expect frequent, sudden urges to urintate for the first 24 hours. My understanding is that immediately after PAE the prostate pulls away from the urethra for 24 hours or so. Then the prostate swells before it starts shrinking.
I don't want to end up in the ER with AUR again so I'm hoping I can CIC after that 24 hour period.
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