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A friend who is an registered nurse sent me a link to a study comparing the outcome for patients who had suprapubic catheterization to the outcome for patients who had the usual Foley through the urethra. The results were astounding to me. Transurethral drainage (standard Foley) resulted in strictures in the anterior urethra of 10-11% of the cases. In another study, the rate for the transurethral Foley was 17%. Also, strictures at the bladder neck occured in 3-5% of the cases.
When a suprapubic catheter is used for post TURP drainage, only patient out of 94 had a stricture in the anterior urethra.
Some of these studies were done over 25 years ago, so I don't understand why supra pubic catheters are not used more often after TURP! Anyone contemplating TURP should do a search, such as Google, to find these reports for yourself. Also, having had a terrible and irreparable outcome from my procedures for BPH, if you are going to use the trans urethral Foley, please be tested for latex sensitivity before your surgery. An easy way to do that yourself is to get a latex strap from a medical supply store and wear it around your leg for a couple of days.
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