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Unread 04-03-2006, 09:54 PM
Help for my sister

My sister had a complete hysterectomy/oopherectomy due to ovarian cancer. She had surgery two weeks ago tomorrow. About one week after surgery, she lost all control of her bladder. The doctor said it was due to a bladder infection, gave her a stronger antibiotic and released her from the hospital. That was a week ago and she still has no control of her bladder. I know that the surgery could cause some spasms of her bladder but complete loss of control? For over two weeks? She called his office today and they told her they would do an ultrasound when she comes in on Thursday. My feeling is that they should have done a CATscan before releasing her from the hospital. The tumor was adhered to the bladder so I am wondering if he caused some damage during surgery. Has anyone ever heard of this?
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Unread 04-04-2006, 07:04 AM
Help for my sister

I'm so sorry to hear about your sister's problems. Loss of bladder control is so difficult emotionally -- definitely not needed on top of the cancer diagnosis and the surgery.

Sounds to me like your sister might need a new doctor. This one seems so unresponsive. She's calling with a major problem and getting treated like it's something minor.

Or maybe a trip to the ER?

Anyway, here's some pointers for you. For one, there is such a thing a a urological oncologist, and perhaps she should contact one. There's also uro/gynecologists, and that might also be helpful. Additionally, there's a forum on this board called bladder matters, and those women know quite a lot about bladder problems like this.

Good luck to your sister -- I'm so glad she has you.
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Unread 04-04-2006, 08:23 AM
Help for my sister

I had several tumors attached to my bladder and colon and lost pieces of both during surgery - even had to come home with a cathter after a week in the hospital to keep the pressure off my bladder. It sounds like her doctor isn't making big deal of this when it most definatly is. I would suggest seeing a urologist - I had to see one after my surgery for kidney problems and found him to be very informative and knowledgeable. I can't imagine what your sister must be going through right now - to have this on top of it all must feel like salt in a wound.
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Unread 04-04-2006, 10:10 PM
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Yes! A trip to a urologist would be the thing. The doctor that did the surgery may not want to admit it if he messed something up, you know? Plus, the urologist has the special training in that area.
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