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Greetings everyone! I just returned from my voiding VUCG and follow up w/ my Urologist. First, let me say that I am home now SANS catheter and I AM PEEING LIKE A RUSSIAN RACEHORSE!!!!!! I’M GOING TO NEED TO START HOLDING THIS FIREHOSE WITH 2 HANDS!!!!! I feel ecstatic to have that damn foley catheter out and to be able to pee like a normal (or better) human being is truly unbelievable. I’m already moving around better and feeling more like my old self. This has been a difficult experience but in hindsight, it was an easy decision especially given the result. If you are out there like me and trying to decide if urethroplasty is the right move, I say it’s a no-brainer. Go for it!
Details from my visit
First, I went to radiology to get the VUCG done. Bottom line, it wasn’t too big of a deal. Worst part was pulling the catheter out but the nurse did it very fast and as soon as it was out, the pain was gone. It took me about 2 minutes to pee into the beaker they provided for the xray. It was interesting to see the xray and actually see the fluid leaving my body. Everything looked smooth w/ no leakage but still needed the urologist to confirm. Next, I went to see the urologist who confirmed everything looked good and I was free to leave sans catheter. My scar (perineum area) is still healing and the stitches have not completely dissolved. There will be NO followup unless I feel like it is needed. Doc says his success rate is so high that he doesn’t feel it is necessary.
Before I left, I asked my urologist was the stricture due to natural causes or was it from injury. He advised that pathology of the stricture had come back as caused by Uretheral Lymphoangioma. This was the first case in his many years of urethroplasty where this was the underlying cause. He said it was extremely rare, so rare that he had to go read multiple medical papers to fully assess.