i had my prostate and seminal vesicle removed on April 12. I'm now a walking urine dispenser. This is the toughest symptom I've encountered thus far and there is more of my moral in the toilet than urine. The urine seems to dribble out when I am standing and spurts out when I sit or stand or roll over. I have very little feeling of urgency and I used 4 pads yesterday. When I do use the toilet I have to sit, and urine just comes out all over my balls. Now I bounce between either using a bunch of pads or dehydrating myself. No fun.
This was not the nerve-sparing surgery. There was too much cancer entwined on my vesicle. The surgery went well and the doctor also repaired two inguinal hernias he found. I I had a great deal of pain after the surgery but it resolved quickly. The catheter came out last Friday so I'm only 4 days out.
I hear it gets better but I can't help wondering if I am part of the small percentage for whom multiple diapers/pads will always be needed.
I just bought a new kilt for bagpiping and I'm not too sure how that's going to work with my dribbling member. I can't even contemplate playing the pipes yet and won't for another 7 weeks.
Now that the prostate is out, they got a good look at an 8 mm area of cancer on the mouth of my bladder. The next step is to let my talented young radiologist shoot it. I trust him.
What do you guys think? Will the incontinence really get better given what I've experienced so far? I'm scared and worried that I'll start isolating myself from the world out of shame.