November 25, 2013 at 10:56 am #693
On July 5, 2013 I had BMG surgery for a 9cm stricture, the graft taken from the left inner cheek. To read my full story search for the comment in one of Ken’s bigger posts.
Today is the day of my 4 month tests. I believe today I am doing a uroflow test and a cystoscopy to see if any recurrent stricture is happening. Hoping for the best.
I will update when I get a chance later on today.November 26, 2013 at 10:32 am #699
I’m back! The appointment went very well. Passed my uroflow test (Ken, not sure what the number was but I know it was much better than the first time I did it.) The results of the ultrasound must have been good too because they never said anything about the bladder still being full. The part I was most worried about was the cystoscopy. The prep took much longer than the actual camera. The uncomfortable part was the injection of the anesthetic. It was a fluid/gel that just numbs the inside of the urethra for the camera to make a pain free insertion. The doc took a look at the repair and was out in less than 2 minutes. He said the repair looked good and that I was cleared for all activities except anything involving straddling (bike, motorcycle, etc).
He answered all of my questions and he even asked me a question. He asked if I wouldn’t mind talking with a patient of his that is contemplating having the same procedure done. I didn’t even hesitate with a “yes”. I plan to pass along this site address as a resource if I do get connected with this person.
So…..that is my latest chapter. I see the doc again in July (one year post-surgery).
Have a happy thanksgiving.December 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm #711daenvalParticipant
Awesome news Chris! I hope to be wrtiting a similar e-mail 4 months down the line. Just wondering how your cheek is doing 4 months post-op? Any paresthesia or numbness anywhere? Is mouth opening back to normal?
DanDecember 9, 2013 at 10:58 am #715
Sorry to keep you waiting. Haven’t checked in for a while.
The cheek is tight where the scar tissue came in but no sensations lost. It has been slowly stretching out and loosening up. My doc said that I could help the process along by stretching it a bit too, which I started doing after he gave me the “green light” to do so.
The mouth was the first place to heal up really well and the most uncomfortable place right after the surgery (surprisingly).
Hope you can keep us all posted about your progress too. I think what we are doing for each other is very helping in the process.
All the best,
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