My husband has had several cystoscopes due to bladder cancer, and then prostate cancer in his bladder. The last one was 3 months ago, at a different hospital, where his Urologist sent us for a cystectomy. The doctor there felt it would be premature to take his bladder out at this time due to his age and otherwise good health, but did remove another small tumor.
He has usually had some leakage for a couple days after each scope, but since the last one, he is totally incontinent. He has to wear depends and a pad all the time. He can't hardly get dressed without leaking, and sometimes leaks through to his outer clothes if he can't find a place to change. It is very embarrassing.
When he goes to the bathroom, he can urinate fine but still leaks. He is only 68, and we are pretty active with travel, and volunteer work. This is definitely a life changing problem, and he is very self conscious about it, if not depressed.
We talked to the Urologist here when he went for his Lupron shot, and didn't get much help. It was like, it was something he would have to live with if it didn't get better in time.
Is there anything he can do? He would almost rather get his bladder removed and wear a bag, or catheterize himself through a stoma, as deal with things the way they are, and not getting any better.
Thanks for any help, or suggestions.