Re: Problems after Laser Prostate surgery
Hi. My husband had prostate cancer so had his prostate removed. After that surgery, the catheter stays in for three weeks. For him, it was three weeks of agony, as he had a bad reaction to the tubing, probably not a latex allergy but it clearly irritated him. After it was removed, he had muscle spasms too which caused an inability to urinate. The catheter was put in, then removed, then he seized up again, all requiring trips to emergency like yourselves. This happened five different times, and we were mightily frustrated, as you can imagine. He is on Flomax, which relaxes the muscles, and gets two doses per day rather than the regular one dose. This seems to have helped because he is urinating now without a problem. He is still a bit incontinent, but that is typical after prostate removal, and as a previous poster commented, it takes several months to get things back to normal. We are a bit concerned about the effect of the drug, but until the healing is complete and the pain is gone, which it isn't yet, we are hesitant to reduce the dosage. The cancer is totally gone, we are just now trying to get back to normal.