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Suprapubic Catheter

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  • Posted By: Denver
  • March 21, 2008
  • 06:47 AM

Hi, because I ignored BPH for too long, a recent ultrasound found my bladder to be very much distended and for 3 months now I have had an indwelling catheter. (Because at that time I had just had an angioplasty and stent fitted and the cardiologist judged it necessary for me to wait 2-3 months before having the TURP procedure done) My urologist now tells me that no matter what treatment I seek for the enlarged prostate, my over-inflated/deflated bladder will always retain an amount of urine and consequently there will be a continued necessity for a permanent indwelling catheter. This - as the urologist agrees - makes TURP or any other procedure to reduce the size of the prostate quite useless and I seem to have just these three options: the permanent catheter, a suprapubic catheter or self catherization. I have suffered enough now with the indwelling catheter and (for me) the best option seems the suprapubic catheter, preferably WITHOUT the leg & night bag. (No, I can not bear the thought of self catherization and this for various reasons) My question: has anyone out there experience with the suprapubic catheter? Does anyone believe that there is the slightest chance that in the 3 months of bladder "inactivity" the muscle tone and/or size may have sufficiently improved so that there will be no residual urine, so that I can have the TURP procedure done after all? My urologist says "no way, he's seen it all before" but could he be wrong? Thanks for reading this and thanks for any reply, most welcome!!

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