Unable to pass catheter through prostate
by Alan Leak
I recently had my second urethrotomy and was issued with lubricated CH16 catheters in order to self dilate over a prescribed period.
Although the catheter passes through at least 20cms of my urethra I am unable to enter through the prostate. I have tried many times but at around 18-20cms I come to a complete stop.
I have tried coughing and relaxing and I have pushed as hard as I dare without risking injury. I'm as certain as I can be that the catheter is pushing past the restricted area that was operated on.
I have spoken to my Urology Day Case Unit twice about this but they don't seem unduly concerned as long as I'm reaching the treated area (restriction). Should I be concerned and seek further help?
I assume you are able to urinate without the catheter. If not, then seek help.
If you have prostate problems then it is important to find out what is going on.
If you want to get the catheter through the prostate (I assume no urine comes out when you are inserting your catheter at this time), then a slight twisting action as I describe should help but never force it.
If that does not work, try a Coude catheter. Your CH16 size may work for your urethrotomy but could be a bit big for your getting through your prostate. So if the above suggestions do not work, you could try a 14 or 12 size.
But ideally you do any of this with the advice of your doctor or caregiver.