Question: Urine leaks around catheter after prostatectomy. Is this normal?


When the bladder spasms urine will go around the catheter. In the big scheme of things – urine getting out… Is a good thing.

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When the prostate is removed, the bladder is separated from the urethra (the tube that runs through the penis which men void through). After the prostate is out, the doctor then sews the two areas back together. It takes about 7-10 days for this to heal. A catheter is placed through the tip of the penis in urethra, past the junction of the bladder and the urethra, which has been sewed together, and then into the bladder. A catheter (foley) stays in the bladder by a balloon at its tip. The balloon keeps the catheter from falling out and is about the size of a golf ball.

The bladder does not like the balloon in there. It perceives it as a foreign body and wants to “spit” it out. It does so by contracting as it would to make urine.  This is a bladder spasm and can result in the loss of…

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