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After prostate cancer surgery is a catheter necessary?

A Foley catheter is usually needed after prostate surgery, especially radical prostatectomy. Once the prostate is removed, a connection between the urinary bladder and urethra is made and held with sutures. The Foley catheter allows the area to heal while draining the bladder. The catheter is left in place (length of time) depending on the different centers and any variability in the procedure.

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