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Old 06-02-2007, 02:59 PM   #1
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Incontinence . . a continuation

I'm a fairly new member, have read most of the postings on (and posted just a few times on) the "Incontinence bad 3 weeks after surgery" thread. That thread has become so long I thought perhaps a new continuation thread might be in order. Hope that is not inapprorpiate . . .

First some background: My recovery from da Vinci surgery (performed May 4th) was perhaps a bit atypical. The surgery itself I was told went just fine, envolved the removal of some 13 lymph nodes in addition to the usual and took 5 hours. My drain was not removed for about 10 days because of urine contamination of the draining fluid. My catheter was not removed until 4 weeks following surgery (due to an unexpected bulge in my bladder) and at present I am am 3 days in to antibiotics for a urinary infection. Until the drain was removed, I had a lot of abdominal discomfort, enough to mask discomfort in the urethra & rectum. Once the drain was remove, much of the abdominal pain subsided and utheral & rectal pain was front and center. Since the catheter was removed, the urethral and rectal pain has lessoned but is still noticeable.

Prior to my surgery I can remember thinking that the surgery would be easy, that the real work would start after the surgery was over. Having now watched the ~2 hour internet video of a da Vinci surgery (compliments of the videoed surgery on one of the posters), and observed all the tissue dissruption, I can well immagine my symptoms and those of varing degrees of others. Clearly my doctor did not allude to any of this, and I guess I am glad he did not!

So I am on my third day of no catheter, and so far my incontenence has been fairly minimal, perhaps 1 pad a day (I have been using Depends underwear, probably overkill, but I find them fairly comfortable & very reassuring). I have noted that most of the time when I am not lying down, I am able to keep my spincter muscles semi-tensed. (For what it's worth I did Kegels for 3 months prior to surgery and got to the point where I could hold one for several minutes). I am aware that quite a number of folks are fairly continent for a few days (or even weeks) and then encounter more incontinence difficulties thereafter. We shall see.

Hope starting this new thread as a continuation effort on another thread about incontnence is not inapproriate.

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Old 06-02-2007, 10:39 PM   #2
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Re: Incontinence . . a continuation

It is 4 months now after my surgery. I didnt have to use any pads after one month. But I began to leak during the sleep. I am also having an over active bladder. Need to empty every 1 or 2 hours. The stream is still weak. There was a demage to the front of urethra. A scar tissue seems blocking the passage. I dont want to go through another surgery for that. I am hoping it will get better in time. I also feel pain in the penis area at times. That lasts half and hour or so. It is only occasional. I choose not to bother about that too. The prostate surgery itself is enough for the time being.

Old 06-03-2007, 01:21 PM   #3
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Re: Incontinence . . a continuation

Phantom50 -
Boy do I agree in spades that the prostate surgery is more than enough for whole lot of time ! What does your surgeon say about the scar tissue issue: Seems like I have read that it can be corrected with a fairly simple not terribly invasive procedure . . . but no doubt there is the follow-on healing process to be dealt with.
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