Thursday, January 25, 2007

GreenLight Prostate Procedure Patient Report - 1 Month + 5 Days Since Surgery

Today I noticed the urine flow diminishing to less and less. Then, this afternoon while peeing, a large chunk of necrotized tissue came out. It was quite a surprise, because it was larger than any of the blood clots that were popping out a couple of weeks ago. It felt like a jellybean on the way out, and I'm fortunate that it came out and didn't get stuck like a cork.

Ever since, the urinary flow has been fire-hose strong. Nice!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

GreenLight Prostate Procedure Patient Report - 1 Month + 4 Days Since Surgery

Yesterday the burning on urination returned, much to my surprise. Today I passed, machine-gun style, 3 somethings. Coincidentally, today I had my follow-up visit to the surgeon.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

GreenLight Prostate Procedure Patient Report - 1 Month Since Surgery

This morning, exactly a month and a day after the surgery, the burning sensation on urination disappeared. I hope it stays away! I've resumed taking an aspirin a day for protection against heart disease and colon cancer, and to mute the flushing side effect of my niacin supplement.

Monday, January 15, 2007

GreenLight Prostate Procedure Patient Report - 4 Weeks Since Surgery

Things are slowly getting better. No bleeding for about 5 days, I'm completely off Flomax, urinary flow is good (not great) and the burning sensation during urination is only about half as bad as it was. And...I haven't ever peed when I didn't intend to! :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

GreenLight Prostate Procedure Patient Report - 3 Weeks Since Surgery

It's hard to believe that the surgery was 3 weeks ago.

Bleeding comes and goes. Irritation stays and stays, but it's usually only painful when I pee. Urinary flow diminished over the last couple of days, so I took a Flomax last night and urinary flow is much improved today.

Perhaps I have prostatitis or a urinary tract infection, or maybe this is normal.

It is a relief to not be concerned that I might wake up some night and just flat-out not be able to pee :)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

GreenLight Prostate Procedure Patient Report - 19 Days Since Surgery

Frequent urinary-tract irritation and occasional small discharges of blood persist. The irritation makes you think you need to pee, even if you don't really, so it's "irritating" in more ways than one.

Before the procedure, the urologist said that I would need to go to the bathroom a lot, "and sometimes you may not make it." A couple of days ago I was walking outside and I thought that might come true...the sensation of needing to go was very strong.

The disappointing thing is that there is no sense that this is getting better; in fact, it's getting worse.

Monday, January 01, 2007

GreenLight Prostate Procedure Patient Report - 13 Days Since Surgery

Dang blood clots! For the last couple of days I've had an annoying irritation of the urethra, but no blood. Then this evening there was some blood (probably a teaspoon) followed by the largest clot I've seen. That explains the irritation. Good thing I haven't resumed taking aspirin, which would make the bleeding much worse.

I'm ready for the healing to be complete!