TUVP experience and question

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First I'm a 67 year old that has has an enlarged prostate for many years. Started taking Flo-max 4 years ago but lately it's not working.

I'll skip ahead and say it's been 16 days since my TUVP surgery and not doing well at all. I was sent home 4 hours after surgery with a cath that never felt good. Went back to ER 8 hours later when it stopped up from blood clots and had it flushed out. My biggest problem now is the burning and bladder spasms. When I say bad I mean passing out bad. I try to pee but the pain gets so intense I have to get up and the flow stops. This goes on 4 or 5 times an hour till my bladder is partially empty.

Went back to ER today and they found I now have a bacterial infection. They gave my Phenazopyridine for the burning, Cephalexin for the infection and Tramadol for the pain.

Anybody else have problems like this? Is it normal or should I find a new doc?

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    Joe, sorry to hear about your problems. You probably have more complications than the doctor has planned. I would call him and see what he has to say and have him take care of your problem. A fact is that we are all different and react differently. Personally I had GL and did well from day 1 with no side effects neither. I hope you recover soon and will do well. Best wishes!
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      Email54651 - thanks for the reply. I would love to discuss this with my specialist but he went on vacation for 10 days with nobody taking his calls. He would not even answer the ER when they called. The bad part is he is the only specialist for 100 miles! Nobody else to turn to . . .
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    Sorry that your having a problem.  Never heard or this procedure.  I just looked it up.  It sound like your going through the side effect of the procedure.  Everything you are saying is a side effect.  They say you should be better in 3 week.  This procedure is just as bad as a TURP.  Can I ask you.  With all the procedure we have out there why did you pick this one.  It has just as and more side effect has a TURP.  I feel for you my friend It may be a long time for you to heal.  There have been men that had the TURP and it took them a year to get better. And most are not happy because they can not deal with the side effects.  I hope you get some relief soon.  Try to relax if you can.  I will say a prayer for you  God Bless  Ken
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      Joe   I forgot to ask.  Did your doctor offer you any other procedure or is TUVP and TURP the only ones he does.  My urologist call's the TURP procedure the last resort.....Ken  

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      kenneth - Since we only have 1 urologist within 100 miles and he said he only does TURP or TUVP's I didn't have much choice. He said the TUVP has less blood clots and faster recovery time sothat's what he offered me . . .

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      Joe I would have went some were else.  The other direction.  Not to have one of them procedure.  I feel sorry that you were so limited.  You most likely did not need the last resort procedure.  I hope you get better because if you don't your going to need another doctor.  Because your is out of date.  Ken    

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    Don't know of TUVP, but had TURP 2 years ago, and still have E/D and Incontinence although that is a lot better now. The other problem is they now want to do another as it has all grown back so back to square one. The only thing I will agree to now is total removal as TURP is waste of time, and apparently your Prostate grows no matter your age, just wish some other things would grow !.

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    Hate to hear about your trouble. I only wish I could have told you about FLA. Focal Laser Ablation before you chose that procedure. I also am right at 67 and I had a prostate of 125cc I dealt with the horrible effects of BPH for nine years until I just could not go on. The FLA procedure was a fantastic procedure for me. I only wish I could tell all the men suffering from BPH about it before they go with the Urologist. They need the knowledge to make a decision and the urologist do not will not give them options that they do not provide. 

    FLA is done by an Interventional Radiologist, Uros are not trained and skilled in this solution and the Urologist want to try to keep in quite. It is FDA approved but insurance companies will not pay for it so it is costly to the patient. But all i wanted was the results. This procedure was developed out of a cancer treatment that when done, they notice a dramatic improvement in BPH.  It is a good solution. I was the first last year on December 19th as far as I can tell. It has been a year and I spoke last night with Mike Skier as he was the second or third guy. His results were also very good. We have about 20 men now that have had this done. The long term jury is out but it is very logical why it will continue. One clinical trial is being done currently and that helps some with the cost.

    I am sorry about your pain but it should also improve and get better for you. I only hope that I can reach others so they will know about their options as Kenneth said they are several to consider. But there are many reasons I feel FLA is by far the best. Mainly no sexual side effects and very focused controlled tissue removal. We all should have a choice.

    Good Luck Joe it will improve it just takes time.

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      Hi J12080,

      some insurance carriers pay for FLA. I had it approved, but chose to get treated by an urologist who did an excellent job. He warned me of potential side effects, namely retrograde ejaculation. The result is forward ejaculation, much better than before.  Urination is good and literally no pain. Now, will it last? God knows, but then nothing is ever granted neither. I believe every person is different and every specialist has a different hand. Besides that, I think there is a lot of good luck and good chance which help in the outcome.

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      Thanks j - wish we had FLA here. I went with what was offered without out-of-town trips . . .
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      Is great news glad to hear you did real good in that it was all Taken care of . yes I know Some insurance is covering F LA medicare sent me a check for $4700 which was part of my cost. Good luck
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    Hate to hear about your trouble. I only wish I could have told you about FLA. Focal Laser Ablation before you chose that procedure. I also am right at 67 and I had a prostate of 125cc I dealt with the horrible effects of BPH for nine years until I just could not go on. The FLA procedure was a fantastic procedure for me. I only wish I could tell all the men suffering from BPH about it before they go with the Urologist. They need the knowledge to make a decision and the urologist do not will not give them options that they do not provide. 

    FLA is done by an Interventional Radiologist, Uros are not trained and skilled in this solution and the Urologist want to try to keep in quite. It is FDA approved but insurance companies will not pay for it so it is costly to the patient. But all i wanted was the results. This procedure was developed out of a cancer treatment that when done, they notice a dramatic improvement in BPH.  It is a good solution. I was the first last year on December 19th as far as I can tell. It has been a year and I spoke last night with Mike Skier as he was the second or third guy. His results were also very good. We have about 20 men now that have had this done. The long term jury is out but it is very logical why it will continue. One clinical trial is being done currently and that helps some with the cost.

    I am sorry about your pain but it should also improve and get better for you. I only hope that I can reach others so they will know about their options as Kenneth said they are several to consider. But there are many reasons I feel FLA is by far the best. Mainly no sexual side effects and very focused controlled tissue removal. We all should have a choice.

    Good Luck Joe it will improve it just takes time.

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    HI Joe, Thinking of you...Try to stay away from any kind of  sugar, alcohol, sugar drinks of any type..also dairy might hinder your recovery time. Certain foods like fried foods are tough on recovery. Certain black teas, etc. can be helpful in relaxing the bladder area. Take a good multi vitamin. Certain trace element in a good multi will help. These all build up your immune system. Also build up your Vitamin D..especially if you live in a northern climate with no sun..like now. I have been through a little of what your explaining and our thoughts are with you but healing is done by the body as you well know, and good diet and nutrients are VITAL to REBUILDING  tissue and maintaining a strong immune system for recovery..Take it easy and good luck

     

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      Very true and good advice! Good diet, enough sleep and recovery time will help in the healing process!
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      Hi Bayliner - yep, doing all that and because of the meds and blood clots all I do now is walk and sleep. I'm sure it will get better just a matter of time and care . . .

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