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I just had a urethrotomy performed seven days ago. Following the surgery, I had a Foley catheter in for five days. I have now begun to self-catheterize using a 16Fr LoFric for the last two days as per my doctor's instructions. However, each time that I have done this self-catheterization so far, a small but visible amount of blood/tissue has been captured inside of the tip of the catheter (where the eyes are located) after it is removed (and some slight pain is felt during the process). My question is primarily whether this is normal and to be expected for the first few days/weeks following the surgery, and, whether I should simply continue to use the same catheter size and procedure. I certainly do not want to cause further damage to the urethra at the exact same time that I would like it to heal. I am waiting to hear back from my doctor regarding this question, but I thought I would post in this forum in case someone could reassure me that this small amount of post procedure blood/tissue is normal. Thanks in advance (and please refrain from letting me know that urethrotomy is inferior to urethroplasty, etc... there is nothing that I can do about that at this time and I am trying to be optimistic that as long as I stick to a self dilation regime, I might be successful).
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