Bill, hope you don't mind the subject. Don't know where else to post it so my experience with this nightmare might be helpful to some folks. I strongly advise everyone to think carefully before doing this.
TURP (this may or may not be exactly the same way my surgery was done but at least some info): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNCsunVC4Rs
My surgery was 4weeks ago. I feel 10 years older than I was 4 weeks ago, and still in pain and still need to be no more than 6 seconds away from a bathroom. I counted. 6 seconds.
Let's go back a few weeks. I decided on the surgery because medications stopped working for me. I was taking two prostate medicines daily (Flowmax and Trospium).
My internet research and discussion with the doctor both indicated that laser surgery is not as effective as the TURP. So, being a brave Uechi Ryu guy I said what the heck. Give me the TURP. OMG!
The surgery itself was nothing. I was totally knocked out and didn't feel a thing. The problem was, well, if anyone ever decided to do this, at least insist on staying in the hospital overnight. They say that most people have no problems but, you can almost bet that you will be the one have the problems. That's how things are usually. They sent me home after the surgery. Mistake!
And, try not to have a surgery the day before a weekend and in my case, a long 3-day weekend. I thought of that but I just didn't want to wait any longer so I took it on. Another mistake!
The next morning after surgery I had severe screaming pain and the big catheter bag was filled with blood even after emptying it several times during the night. The son took me to the ER. It is not a rinky dink public hospital mind you. It is a relatively new and huge place. It was a three-day weekend so hardly anyone was working at the ER. They couldn't even locate my surgeon until late into the evening. By that time I was ready to commit harikari due to the pain. They then decided to do the continuous draining and sent me to the hospital ward. Hardly anyone was working there either. Terrible. Make a long story short, after 4 days I was released from the hospital. Two days later they removed the catheter. I will never wear one of those things again if I can help it!
It is now 4 weeks after surgery the burning pain is still there every time I "p", and that is about every 45 minutes at most, 24/7. The pains are not quite as unbearable as say 2 weeks ago but they are still Bad! I googled the subject and the best I found is the problems should go away 6 weeks after surgery. The way it has been progressing, I don't think 2 more weeks would do it.
I think they botched the surgery. I googled the surgeon's name before the surgery but found nothing. The surgeon was not my regular urologist because his surgery schedule was booked till mid December and I didn't want to wait so I took on anyone available. Mistake #1 actually. Should have waited. My regular urologist said he will stick a camera in there if it doesn't get better in another 2 weeks.
I had to do something else other than just sitting next to the bathroom so this morning I did all eight Uechi katas for the first time since surgery. Tai Chi speed of course (Isn't that how Tai Chi got started?) I even "fought" with Bob for a few minutes too. Good thing he never fights back. Now I feel a little more "alive". Sorry, got to run to the bathroom again.