Living With A Urinary Catheter › Forums › Urethral Strictures And Their Treatments › 1 year after urethroplasty – problems?
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February 5, 2018 at 6:01 pm #1653lewisParticipant
Im just over 1 year post urethroplasty to fix my stricture. All my follow ups have been brilliant and I’ve never been peeing better!
The past 4/5 days I have noticed a dull ache between my legs, almost like prostatitis (I used to get this before the surgery quite frequently). It seems to come on when I walk. My partner has checked my scar and says it all looks ok. I also feel a strange feeling inside my penis like a vibration sensation inside my urethra. Again, I have always experienced this occasionally. My flow rate and frequency of urination hasn’t changed at all. Maybe its me just getting worried over nothing? Perhaps it could just be things still healing up over time? Nerve endings?February 5, 2018 at 8:47 pm #1654ClaytonParticipant
I’m only 5 months post-op from my urethral surgery, but I have a lot of experience with nerves healing from other surgeries.
It’s probably just nerves coming back. Sometimes the brain will shut off “noisy” nerves after they’ve been injured, essentially ignoring them. Eventually it will sometimes listen again, once they’ve healed somewhat. The other possibility, and the most likely one, is that one of the nerves that was cut during surgery has reconnected to another nerve, and is back online again. They grow incredibly slow, and can take up to 2 years to finally find each other.
They’ll settle down eventually, it just takes time.
ClaytonFebruary 23, 2018 at 11:24 pm #1662poortonykrauseParticipant
I’m a year past surgery, and my peeing is definitely not better than ever; I don’t understand how everyone on here has such fantastic success stories!
I don’t think you’re penis would be vibrating from scar tissue returning, so it could be anxiety?
I, personally, would think they would try to avoid any nerves during the surgery, so I don’t think it would be that either.
I definitely had the prostatitis feeling before surgery too, but thankfully it hasn’t returned. More power to you.February 26, 2018 at 3:57 am #1670ClaytonParticipant
Its impossible to avoid damaging nerves during any surgery, and especially in the perinium, which is attached to a very sensitive and widespread network. Wherever you cut through the skin, you have to cut through nerves. The urethra is also surrounded by muscle, so damaging the muscle and the nerves attached to it is unavoidable when performing any surgery on it.
The area can experience nerve issues for at least a year to some extent, and minor twinges and sensations can often last even longer. The incision site itself will probably never return to normal completely, with numbness being the most common lasting effect. Everything else attached to the pelvic nerve will return to normal over time.
Doctors really should be more clear about these things before the surgery, so people at least know what to expect. I’m fortunate that my doctor at UW was very open about possible after-effects.
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