Post Turp Urination Issue

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Hello, I'm new to the forum. I had a TURP last Monday and all went well. I went in to the urologist's office on Wedndesday for catheter removal. It took time to be able to produce drips, then, the drips increased to small spurts, which was adequate for me to "pass." I urintated several times thereafter. Each time the stream was better. The last or next to last before going to bed at 10:00 PM was almost normal.  By 3:30 AM Thursday morning I needed to urinate or pee, but, try as I could, without any straining, I had no positive result. True to my surgeon's instructions I went to the ER where they re-installed a catheter. I see the surgeon's nurse on Monday for removal of the catheter. Needless to say I am a little anxious about what things will be like on this go around. Has anyone experienced a situation. similar to mine? I don't understand why I went from being able to urinate to not being able to urinate at all. If anyone has had a similar experience I would love to learn about it. Thanks. 

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    I have! Suffered with enlarge prostate for 30 years, in my 30's urologist did not have a clue I went through he'll go home and soak in hot bath, master bate more, 40's took vitimans An suffered, late 40 started having lock ups taking cold meds not knowing side affects, nitemare, early 50 went to my regular Dr put me in flomax never took it foolish should have seen a urologist then, 57 had shoulder surgery from on the job accident, could not poop tore my colon but took 1.5 years to figure it out after specialist missed it with his scope, the put me through therapy fir my back retore my colon but it was torn all along pain just went away explain later by new dr, had surgery sent home bladder lock could not pee rushed back to emergency cathed took out 651 mil thought I was gunna die, had the cath in and out fir a month, prostate went to hell after that, had to go to emergency at 60 could not pee, cathed and two days later to my urologist he says u ready to fix it now? Next day Turp, sent home with cath two days later back to er high fever right side under rib 10 pain every breath, admitted went through every test Ct scan pain meds IV, antibiotics IV sent home 5 days later figuring hurt my ribs rolling me on operating table, no post op 44 days one bladder infection just over it has been a real struggle as my prostate was the largest he has ever seen so tgec1.5 hr operation took out a ton of flesh An he has said will take 14 plus weeks to get back to normal An he was not kidding! Xanax thank god heating pad ice bag and hot soapy baths lots of rest fluids nocsex or alcohol or coffee to be safe and Tylenol x so think positive it isn't always a cake walk for all of us

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    I had a very similar experience after my TURP. After four days the catheter was removed and all seemed fine for about 6 hours then the stream started to weaken until I couldn't go at all and wound up in the ER. They put in a new cath for four more days and then everything was fine after that.

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    Another thing for me is my dr said you can go off all flomax but I still take it until I can mentally get over the fact I might lock up again An go to the emergency room to be cathed! He laughed in my last ck up An said go ahead if u like, but stop the vitimans fir enlargement wast of money I said ok. Another thing I must get used to is I di no have to owe as often an I sometimes think when I don't go for a few hrs not every 45 min that something is wrong, I guess I will just have to get over it as I when full can stand back five feet An hit the John now he said as I heal that may reduce some

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    I had Greenlight Laser TURP done on May 19th of this year.  I experienced similar problems.  I could urinate when the catheter was removed, but not the greatest.  I especially had problems at night (and continue to do so).  In any case, the first time I plugged up was after about 10 days after the surgery, on a Sunday (of course).  Had to go the ER and after a couple of hours of waiting (in pain) they reinstalled the catheter.  A week later my urologist removed it and I could urinate again.  However, later that evening, around 9pm, I plugged up again.  Back to the ER, and another foley catheter.  After a week the urologist removed it and I could again urinate fine.  But I INSISTED they teach me to self cath, because I felt there was a good chance I would plug up again, and it was causing me a great deal of anxiety.  He complied, and I was sent home with sample catheters.  Urinated fine all day, but I plugged up again around 10pm.  I did a self cath and after that I was fine for another 24 hours.  The pattern repeated for about 6 days, and after that I was flowing pretty good, just not very fast at night.  For the last 4 weeks I have been doing a self cath about once a week, at night, when I feel the flow has slowed down enough where it might cause a problem.

    While I am dissapointed I need to self cath once a week, I am hoping it is just part of the healing proccess.  My Urologist had told me that he felt it was going to take me a full 6-9 months to FULLY recover from the procedure.  Some of his patients heal in a shorter period, some take longer.  My flow, for the most part, is very good, and this is without the help of any alpha blockers, which I stopped taking about 30 days ago.

    I would advise ANYONE who is going to have any kind of a TURP (conventional, laser, whatever) procedure ask their Urologist to teach them how to self cath BEFORE the procedure in case you need to do so after.  Going to the ER in pain because you are unable to urinate is no fun, not to mention to costs involved.  And believe me, it will always happen when your Urologist's office is closed, like on a weekend or late a night.   If you have the option to self cath you can take care of the problem in the comfort of your own home.

     

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      I have been through it all and before the Turp when I locked up after my urologist asked me would I feel better if he showed me how to self cath this is after having a bag on my leg for a

      Month wow you want me to stick that in now I did and before I had surgery locked up again and stuck it in me then chicken

      Out then tried to pee no good then forced it in blood started to come

      Out and some pee went to er they could barely cathe but was there 14 hrs sent home after drinking 5 gallons of water with cath went to dr 2 days later he said u ready to fix this? Yes! I still fear cathing and keep thinking after 40 days from surgery I will not be able

      To pee? I guess this mental shi will take some time to get over as it has been a friggin nitemare all brought on by me for dragging my darn feet to the dr

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      The anxiety caused by the fear of not being able to pee is the primary reason why I insisted on being allowed to self cath.  It's not exactly the most pleasant experience, but once I had done it a few times it's not a problem for me.  I think it depends a lot on the individual and their anatomy.  I am lucky, I don't seem to have any difficulty doing the self cath, and I use a regular FR16 catheter with lube.  I have read others, due to various issues, have difficulty inserting the catheter, even the smaller ones.  You just have to experiment, and work with your Urologist to find the combination of equipment and technique that works for you.

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      Yes my prostate was one of the largest he had ever operated on, and this is the top

      60

      Plus yr old surgeon in Fresno Ca, I am sure the reason it was so hard

      For not only

      Me to push past that damn prostate and enter the bladder the er here in Madera Ca could not get it done until a Dr came

      In and shoved it through ouch. As with any operation and I have been through 4 it changes the body and

      Mind in some folks like

      Me, my biggest issue most of my life has been my consistent prostate issues, and my stupidness not seeking out a specialist rather my damn md

      Who said here are some pills don't worry

      It's enlarged but the

      Psa is only 7 no worries I should have ran to a specialist that damn day and listened to what he said same with all dr's orders take your meds!! If they don't work let the dr know or is they affect you or make you

      Feel

      Bad let them know

      Damit I did everything wrong listened to my chiropractor buddy drugs are bad dr's are bad use vitimans big!'!!!' Mistake

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      Hi Neighbor confused.  I'm in Dinuba.  My Urologist is Dr. Prah in Visalia.  Had my Greenlight done at Kaweah Delta Hospital.  Who is your doctor in Fresno?  Dr. Julian maybe?

      My prostate is (was) no where as big as yours ... on the other hand I'm only 5' 7" and have a small frame, so if I had a prostate as big as an orange I would have stopped urinating long ago.  My PSA has never been an issue, it has never been higher than 0.9, most of the time it is in the 0.5 to 0.75 range.

      Have you tried smaller catheters?  I use a french 16, but I judging by many of the other posts FR12 or FR14 is more common.  I would suppose the more constricted your prostate is the smaller the catheter you have to use to get it to go in without difficulty.  There are also catheters that have a bent tip (called a coude tip) that sometimes makes it easier to pass through troublesome prostates.

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      Re self cath: good advice Toby. How bad were your symptoms before GL ? Hank

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      Thanks for your suggestion to self cath. I'm going to request that the doc show me how to do this tomorrow.

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    Yes it can happen the darn thing can plus I am at Day 44 An keep drinking plenty of water, no booze no coffee no sex let it heal the scabing will continue for months take Tylenol x get him if you need some Xanax to calm you only when you need it has helped me use a heating pad over the pee owe n bladder ice bag too hot soapy baths an damit no lifting no anything but rest
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