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Been taking Tamsulosin for 2 years and had no problems sleeping thru the night. Urologist was concerned that my bladder did not fully evacuate leaving 250-300 ml. Recommended the Rezum procedure to alleviate this and allow me to stop the Rx med - - which sounded good since I try to avoid long-term Rx meds whenever possible.
No problem with the procedure except some pain that quickly subsided. Never was told of possible side effects, but Dr. di say they were 70%+ effective. Wore a catheter and bag for the next week. Couldn't urinate by myself. New catheter installed for another week with the same outcome.
They installed a plastic stent and no catheter. Still unable to urinate I went to the emergency room where they installed another catheter and bag. Returned to my original urologist who showed me how to self-catheteritize and asked me to do it at least 3x daily, which I did for 2 months. At no time have I been able to urinate - - not 1 cc. Sex drive is at zero.
At most recent visit to the Rezum doctor, he was disappointed in the results and said it might be due to my larger than average size but healthy prostate 40g.
Now stuck with self-catheterizing 3x a day for who knows how long. He talked about a "Roto-Router" procedure but no way would I follow his recommendation. He billed insurance about $5,000 so he's happy.
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