Bob and all, Glad your feeling so much better. I agree it is best to let the cathetar do it's job. Reflecting on my prior post op TURB's, my least amount of distress after a TURB was when my doctor ordered the catheter to be in place a week because of those "deep bites" taken during the TURB. In a couple weeks, the scab falls off and you may have bleeding again. I only had that bleeding episode after a couple of weeks with my last TURB. (different doctor) I did not have any catheter after that last TURB. AHA!
P.S. If I had to do it over, I would have left the catheter in for more than 3 days. Untill bleeding stopped and bladder wasn't so sore. In-other-words when the bladder had healed itself 70 or 80%. About 6 full days, in my case.
It was just too angry and raw after 3 days to serve as a holding tank and let me know it no uncertain terms! Now, it says that it is willing to compromise and start functioning again with only an occasional twinge to let me know who's in charge. 8-)
Rosie, et al.
Well, I got some good news today: Path. came back: Ta, G2. So I'm celebrating. But now, of course, I have more questions from all you lovely, helpful people:
The Doc said that he cut deeper than he thouht he was going to (just to be on the safe side). Also he said he hadn't planned on a cath. but he had to dilate my urethra (still bleeding from the tip after a week) so he was forced to send me home with a catheter. The catheter doesn't bother me at all once it's in place (just the pulling when you stand up or sit). I even went to work on Mon. and Tue. urologist said I could yank (gently) it out on Tuesday if I wanted. But I'm not quite ready.
I'm convinced that what caused all the pain was the bladder filling up and putting pressure on the "raw" area sending it into spasm.
Rosie, I'm guessing the 4th time you had your TURB it was the deepest resulting in all that "pain, spasms, etc." (just a guess of course).
So I wonder: Is there a rule of thumb as to when the bladder heals itself? Even 40 or 50%? after a deep cut of a 4 or 5 mm. tumor? And the spasms subside? Or do you just have to endure the spasms and they eventually get better? Probably different for each person.
When I apply pressure on the lower abdomen, where the bladder is, I still feel a dull pain. Better than a week ago, of course. I'm wonder if this is a good guide to bladder healing? No pain = healed bladder?
From your suggestions, it seems Ditropan would help the spasms but my urologist didn't like the idea of me using ditropan without a catheter. He says it slows down the emptying and can cause problems.
I'm leaning towards extracting the cath. tomorrow AM and see what happens. I'll try and drink lots of water and hope that helps. If I start to get the bad spasms again and the urine shut down, I grabbed a catheter kit from work and I'll insert it back in. My urologist said he doesn't want my bladder to get distended since the surgery area is pretty thin.
Thanks again! Sorry to go on so long!
I have had 4 TURB's and gone back and forth in my decision to go home with a catheter. On my second TURB, I had no choice (I thought) the doctor kept it in with instructions for it to remain in place for a week. It was quite a different experience from the first time that I had one in overnight. It hurt terribly all the while. It was probably because the initial tumor was so large 4cm and near the area where the cath rubbed. The third time, I returned home with no catheter but lots of bladder spasms which were handled fine once I did take the medication as prescribed. The 4th time, no catheter taken home but tremendous spasms, bleeding, pain and clotting after two weeks. What makes the difference? Wish I knew. The only thing that helped me (besides taking all the medication as prescribed) was drinking lots of water. I think we often think we don't need to take those pain pills when it says "as needed" or other medications that state a range of number to take like "take 2 to 3 times a day." I have learned to just take it all to the max prescribed. I don't need to be a hero, victim or martyr, as soon as I have any problem, I call my doctor the surgi center after care number this is provided in the release form and instrutions.