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I have been following the discussions on this site with interest as I am 61 years old and have BPH with an elevated PSA of 5.1 and my urine flow is restricted but manageable. My BPH was diagnosed around five years ago when my PSA was 4.7 and so far I have avoided any medication and have opted for watchful waiting by monitoring my PSA every four months. Should the PSA level shows a significant increase I will then have a high resolution MRI scan and needle biopsy in case of cancer.
As the slow urination problem is likely to increase I am interested in what I might do to manage this problem and am reassured that self catheterisation may be possible as an emergency intervention. (I am a sailor and a complete blockage is a bit of a concern when I’m days away from help) I am going to obtain a free sample of a compact single use coated catheter in order to try it for myself.
For the technically minded, I found an excellent article on Transurethral Resection of the prostate by Matthew A Collins, MD, Resident Physician, Department of Urology, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University. Although primarily intended for surgeons, this article has given me a much better understanding of my prostate.
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