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Hey, David. Good luck with your surgery, my friend.
Hopefully, the surgeon does an exceptional job and turns out to be worth the month of extremely uncomfortable wait. I spent 3 weeks with catheter 16 years ago and it was even worse than the after-surgery pain that accompanied it. Wishing you luck and speedy healing. And make sure to take pain meds before the pain level goes to 5
GOOD LUCK DAVID, I am sure you will be back for part three of the essay.
Hope the surgery went well and you will be back on top of your game soon
Surgery seems to have gone well.
Sorry you've had to go through all this. There seem to be so many unpleasant medical conditions that doctors can't easily fix, but I hope you get a tolerable fix for this at last.
> To reduce the number of times I have to get up during the night, I tried to avoid drinking much for several hours before going to bed.You didn't mention whether or not this worked for you. In my experience, drinking about 8 ounces of water right before bed allows me to get a full nights sleep without having to get up to go. The reason: there are two things that create the need to go. One is a full bladder. However, if you frequently have the urge to go but then only urinate a small amount, you could be encountering the second: concentrated urine. By drinking the right amount of water (via self experimentation), you can dilute the urine in your bladder without filling it and extend the amount of time until you feel the need to go.
There are prostatic stents available: such a stent being a tube which transverses the prostatic urethra making a 'tunnel' for urine flow out of the bladder to the urethra distal to the stricture or occlusion caused by the enlarged prostate.These stents can be permanent (to avoid surgery) or temporary (awaiting surgery). Their advantage is the avoidance of indwelling catheters, drainage bags and the infection pathways, discomfort, inconvenience they bring, and also permit sexual intercourse.They take about 15 minutes to install under local anaesthesia.You might ask why this - temporary stent - was not offered as an alternative catheterisation.Hope the op went well and you make a good recovery.
No more news? How's it going?
Jonathan:The operation went well--took about half as long as the surgeon expected, and I ended up spending only two days in the hospital instead of four. Recovery has also been going well. I'm pretty much functional already in most respects, and I gather that I should be more or less as good as new in another three and a half weeks.
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