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Thanks for sharing. I had a traumatic catheterization as well, during a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Unbeknownst to me, I apparently had a urethral stricture all of my life, but had very few signs before my urethra was obliterated. My bladder had been squeezing so much that eventually it would’ve lost it’s ability to function, which made all of this a blessing strangely enough.
The bladder infections after any urinary procedure are extremely common, no matter how careful the doctors and nurses are. Every time I would go to the urologist I would take a few days of antibiotics afterward to prevent one.
Removing large portions of the urethra is a controversial topic, but many studies show that it has very few side-effects when properly done. The penile urethra absolutely can’t be removed without causing problems, but the bulbar can be moved into a straighter line and therefore stretched without worry. If your surgeon was well trained to do this surgery, I would assume he looked at your anatomy and knows that it won’t be an issue.
Don’t be surprised if you have all or some of the sexual problems you mentioned, in the short term that is. I had chordee, cold glans and a loss of length for quite a while, along with pain when erect. As the weeks pass though, the symptoms have lessened or disappeared, and my surgeon assures me that it will all return in time. It’s all very common.