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I’m also 3 months post surgery and everything was going well, except for the incision site. My sutures dissolved fairly quickly, so I immediately scheduled a follow up with a doctor a couple of weeks post surgery. I was told that it was a normal wound and it would just take time to heal. I’ve had several follow ups with the surgeon and was initially told to use Iodoform strips in order to speed up the healing process. I probably wasn’t packing them correctly, because it seemed to make the healing process worse. I’ve had more success with only using gauze, however it’s an area that is nearly impossible to keep covered, since it’s practically the whole perineum. It seems the wound is finally closing a bit more, but it’s just taking forever to heal. I visited the surgeon again about a week ago and he has me concerned. He said the wound should have healed by now and fears that I’ve developed a fistula. Of course, he wouldn’t really give me too many details and said that he needs to order another retrograde urethrogram to confirm. He then asked me if I’ve noticed any urine coming from the incision. I’m thinking…’of course not, or I would have been going ballistic’! He then said it’s probably nothing to worry about. I asked him what the next step would be if a fistula has developed and he said that the entire urethroplasty would need to be performed again. I really don’t want to go through with this again. I don’t think the recovery itself was unbearable, but missing work again for a month and the cost will just deflate me. Has anyone else experienced longer than usual healing times with their incision? Hopefully, I”m just worrying over nothing.