ty1000: It is very important that you are comfortable with your doctor and trust him/her. You need to write down a list of your symptoms, frequency, etc as well as a list of questions for your doctor. Then ask him why you are experiencing them. Your doctor will not compare himself to your prior doctor, but he can give you some insight into why you are having the problems you are having now. And, he should give you the time needed to answer your questions. If he does not answer your questions or give you the information you need, get a 2nd opinion - most HMO's pay for a 2nd opinion.
This is a hard enough condition to deal with and the last thing you need is a doctor you are wary of.
I have had several procedures over the last three years with no problems however my HMO changed my urologist and this last time was a horror story. I came home after the procedure everything was fine and then all hell broke loose . I was in severe pain I had to go the emergency and was admitted for dehydration. I don't know if it was the procedure or if it was the new doc. Do I continue with the doc and see what happens next time or do I look for a new doc. I never had pain so this is new to me. :'(
I was DX about the same time you were and had the surgery June 27. I had a hell of a time feeling better. I also came down with prostatitis bevcause of the catherter. I just came from my 3 month check-up and all was clear but i still had a small scab, apparently I'm a slow healer or something. I did not feel 100% until yesterday.
Thanks for your reply. I actually had my 3 month cystoscopy last week. All clear. The doctor said my symptoms were most likely an inflammation of the bladder and prostate due to the mitomycin-c and also due to the location and depth of the cut during surgery. He prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatories for one month. I have felt fine since I started on those meds and feel pretty good now. Now, on to my next follow-up in December! Thanks and good luck.
Ive personally had many many TURBTs in the 14 years ive been treated for this disease and had many different types of symptoms. You know what feels "normal" to you and if you have concerns then, as you've said, bring it up with your doctor. i've definitely had symptoms from this procedure several months after but generally i reckon you should expect it to be settling down by now. On my very first TURBT I think they took a deeper tissue sample out becuase it was my first presentation and it hurt like hell for what seemed like two months. on the other hand ive had tumours removed and felt great after four days! its a very strange business. my best to you.