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I am 61 years old and had a urinary ,prostate situation which I experienced but had Turp op a few weeks ago . Initially I was put into ER after I retained over 1 litre of urine in my bladder that I couldn't pee out, after an ultrasound result after referral from my GP.
They drained me and put catheter in which I had in for 2 months all together .Went on to using a Bard Tap Valve after 1 month which was a god send and got rid of the bag and was able to fill my bladder again. I had to make sure I emptied out every 3 hours and disinfected the valve every day although I used 3 alternating. I did get a couple of infections along the way which was treated with antibiotics and anti fungal medicines. After a few weeks I had a camera put through my penis into my bladder to check for cancer and look for blockage and prostate enlargement.
Had the op all went well and was let out of hospital after 2 days once I proved I had a low retention in my bladder.
The surgeon told me after a blood test on day one my GFR was down to 29 and before the the op it was at 40 .
This was a bit of a concern, as previously because I had the BPE for some time (5years) I was told that I had damaged my kidneys because of having a fullish bladder for such a long time.
The renal specialist said because my case was so extreme I had lost about 30% of my kidney function because of the back pressure from the retention of so much urine in my bladder.My urine was not being expelled from the kidneys and basically it was poisoning me. He told me I was on a downward spiral and some kidney function once lost is gone forever,so luckily I was having the op to fix my problems.
Anyway after a CT scan and other test at the hospital they worked out I had a infection from the op and that op trauma were to blame . Also want to mention the hospital experience was quite good abeit lack of sleep and lots of drips and testing .Met some nice nurses and staff and was treated very well.
Eventually after a couple of weeks of rest my kidneys went back to normal and are as good as they probably will ever be which they say is ok as long as I be kind to them.
Still after 3 weeks have a bit of blood in my urine which seems worse at night but at least I can pee freely and only get up a of couple of times to pee during the night. Since being in ED I have had nearly 3months off work but luckily covered by work insurance.
Honestly though I am glad I have had an op as having a catheter in all the time is crap and basically very irritating even though it can be managed quite well as I found out .
But the main reason for having the op for me anyway was to get my peeing right again (forgot to mention I was wetting the bed beforehand ) which has happened and to stop anymore kidney damage .
Hope my experience helps others to make up their mind about what to do and if anyone has got any questions let us know.
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