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    Old 01-19-2009, 01:53 PM   #1
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    My waterworks is not working after my operation.

    Hi
    After being told that I had Prostate cancer last October, I had my prostate removed on 10th December 2008. I was allowed home the following Saturday 14th with a cafiter and bag. This was removed on the 29th December. I thought that I was making fair progress but my water works are now becoming painful and slow to pass water. It seems to be worse in the late afternoon and evening. I find that I do not have a constant stream. When I do pass water it does not go in a strait line but all different directions. Also I seem to drip for a long time.
    My question is. Is this a normal occurrence for someone that has had this operation?
    I am due to see my specialist on the 27th of this month. But I feel that I cannot wait that long for something to be done.

     
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    Old 01-23-2009, 08:16 AM   #2
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    Re: My waterworks is not working after my operation.

    It sound to me that you could possibly have the same problem I had after my radical prostatectomy, and that was a stricture or bladder neck scar tissue problem. It happened to me about 6 weeks after the surgery. At first ( after the surgery ) I could urinate like a race horse, but that kept slowing down until I had to make an emergency trip to the hospital because I couldn't go at all! Believe me, that was no fun and I wouldn't wish that on anyone!

    Apparently, this happens to about 7 to 10% of people who have the surgery. But there is a solution, at least one that worked for me. After my second trip to the emergency room for this problem, and after having seen my urologist who had a look inside with a scope, I asked him about self catheterization to keep the bladder neck open. He thought that would be a good idea and set me up with a couple of nurses who showed me how to do it. It might sound a little scary but believe me, there is nothing to it after you've done it a few times. No more difficult than brushing your teeth.

    Actually in my case, I was doing this for self dilation rather than using a catheter to relieve myself. And it worked. After about 3/4 year, the scar tissue had matured and stabilized and I no longer had to do this. In case you're interested, I used an 18F straight tip catheter, which is 6 mm in diameter.

    This might be something you what to discuss with your urologist to see what he has to say about it.

    Best if luck....Lionel

     
    Old 01-24-2009, 01:23 AM   #3
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    Thanks for your reply Lionel. My problem seems to be at the other end, at the tip of my penis. The 'tube' under it seems full but it is difficult to get the urine to come out. This very morning I had a real problem, as all it would do is drip, and took quite a while for any sort of stream (spray) to happen. The tip looks red and swollen. I now wonder if this was caused by the short ride I had on one of my bicycles. I was told that I could do normal activitys after six weeks, so I thought that the cycle ride would be OK. It was not far, only about half a mile round trip to deliver some documents. I felt fine at the time. What you mention about a 'self catheter'. I was thinking of trying something simular. But I suppose I had better not, but wait a few more days untill I see my specialist on tuesday.
    Malcolm.

     
    Old 01-24-2009, 12:02 PM   #4
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    Re: My waterworks is not working after my operation.

    Hi Malcolm,

    Yes, it's probably a good idea to see your specialist first before you try anything. It's strange though, I thought my problem was not a bladder neck scar tissue problem when it first started to occur. I would have put money on it that it was blood clots blocking the urethra because I had a hemmorage problem the day after my surgery. ( Not my doctror's fault, but my own: I just had to move this big heavy chair that was in my room over to the window so I could sit there and see out). This was hardly 24 hours after the surgery and of course I ripped out some stitches. I bled like a pig internally and they almost lost me. It took another emergency surgery that evening to go back in and stop the beeding. My urologist still does not know about this! Because I had so many blood clots showing up, he had to put in a supra pubic catheter to drain the bladder.

    Naturally when I started to have a problem urinating, I was sure that it was a blood clot that was blocking things up. The urologist that I saw in the emergency room ( not my own ) didn't even stop to entertain the idea that it could be a blood clot causing the problem. He knew immediately that it was a stricture in the bladder neck. So even if we think it might be one thing, it most likely is something else. I guess that's why these specialists get paid the big bucks, and they deserve it, in my humble opinion.

    Personally, I can't see why having surgery would affect the end of your penis, causing your problem, but what do I know- I'm only one of the many that have gone through all this nonsense and as I found out, it's best to leave the decisions up to the big boys. If it turns out that bike riding caused the problem, then by all means I'm getting rid of my mountain bike and will take up walking!

    Please let me know what your specialist has to say about your situation......Lionel

     
    Old 01-27-2009, 01:04 PM   #5
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    So I went to the hospital today and saw my specialist. The result of the blood test that I had last week, showed that the count was 0.0. It cannot get any better than that as the cancer has gone/removed.
    The problem remains with my water-works. I showed the specialist the video that I made on Saturday with a miniature video camera that I have (Creative Vado) of my urinating and how it was not as it should be.
    He was surprised and impressed with this, as it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
    I will have to go for another ultra scan very soon, and then as an inpatient overnight. When they will check if there is a blockage in the system. The specialist believes that there could be a restriction where the surgery was done in the urinary tube. If this is so, then to open this restriction a metal ring will be placed in the tube to keep it open.

    Since I first learnt that I had PC I naturally delved into the how, what, and why did I get this? From what I learnt, I should not have been a victim.
    I retired last May from my occupation, as a licensed London taxi driver. In a trade paper there had been a series of articles about PC. When I read these I thought that my life style does not match the symptoms that would cause it to happen to me.
    Although I was 71 last Tuesday, I have always exercised regularly. Up to February last year I had a dog that together we went ‘walkies’. One of my hobbies was ‘Geocaching’ (Google for what this is.) And this took dog and myself for many hours out into the countryside.
    I also own bicycles that I use when I can, rather than the car. Since my operation I cannot ride them just yet, as I learnt to my discomfort recently.
    As for diet, I do not smoke and very occasionally drink alcohol. I very rarely eat red meat. I have fish quite often. I love smoked salmon. I like green vegetables, some of which are homegrown. My fruit intake normally consists of bananas and apples, I also like and eat nuts.
    So now I wonder if what is told as prevention for PC is not as what is told. Or where did I go wrong.

     
    Old 01-27-2009, 01:59 PM   #6
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    Re: My waterworks is not working after my operation.

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    It cannot get any better than that as the cancer has gone/removed....
    I will have to go for another ultra scan very soon, and then as an inpatient overnight. When they will check if there is a blockage in the system. The specialist believes that there could be a restriction where the surgery was done in the urinary tube. If this is so, then to open this restriction a metal ring will be placed in the tube to keep it open.
    ...
    So now I wonder if what is told as prevention for PC is not as what is told. Or where did I go wrong.
    I think you did everything right- eating and exercising habits are excellent. It would appear that your cancer is gone, and you need to figure out the solution to your other problem, which hopefully can be corrected with the procedure you mention. Then you'll really be in great shape. I don't think anyone has said that proper eating and exercising can result in no prostate cancer (much like no smoking doesn't guarantee no lung cancer I suppose).
    Hopefully you'll have a long life as your reward for taking such good care of yourself!

     
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