March 26, 2014 at 8:32 am #801
Jessee McDonald – male – 28yr
After finding this website I decided to share my story of my problems with urethra stictures . I’ll try and make this short as possible. My problems started about seven years ago , throughout these seven years Ive had 7 urethrotomy surgerys preformed. My stricture would come back anyway between 3 and 12 months , so I’d go back in for the same surgery. With my work schedule ( 6-8 days off at a time ) and scared of Urethroplasty I was determined to keep having urethrotomy . My sticture was small ( 1 cm or so ) but the thing always came back with a vengeance. Throughout these surgerys I was also self cathing EVERYDAY TWICE A DAY…with no luck. After constant disappointments / catheters / ect…I went in for Urethroplasty March 17. No skin graft due to the small stricture , and yes the incision was in the perineum. Im on day 10 and seem to be recovering awesome, with little swelling as well as pain . The Foley doesn’t bother me at all , due to all my prior surgerys. I’ve learned to loop it and has statlock securing it . For support I wear athletic spandex , with a towel for extra support. With all my other surgerys I’ve dealt with the erection problems, I’m concerned because this time I haven’t. I do wake up with an erection type feeling , but I don’t think I’m able to have an erection yet for whatever reason. Aynway I go in Friday march 28 ( day 12 ) of post surgery to get the Foley out and hope for a water tight urethra , STRICTURE FREE…wish me luck , it’s good to know others who went and are going through the same problems.March 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm #802Matt C.Participant
Went through almost the same scenario, with fewer urethrotomies on my resume. As soon as one dr.’s office told me they wanted me cath twice a day for the foreseeable future, I was out of there ASAP. I’m on day 15 of recovery from urethroplasty (doctor prescribed 3 weeks with the foley in, which I wasn’t too happy about) and the only bother I have is the foley and some soreness at incision site. I’m also 28 and my Dr. couldn’t stress enough how important it was to have this done at a young age where recovery would be a little easier. Hope all goes well on Friday!
MattMarch 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm #803
Good luck with everything. Three weeks is a long time with a catheter, but it will be worth it in the long run! I urge anyone going through the same struggles to have Urethroplasty. In my case, as well as a lot of others, it’s not as bad as it sounds ( so far ) No matter how my follow up or future goes, I’m happy with my decision. My only regret is waiting as long as I did .March 31, 2014 at 4:18 am #808
12th day of Urethroplasty
I went for my first follow up, all my Doctor did was visually check me out. After a few questions he said everything looked great . At this point I wasn’t really feeling any pain , just a little discomfort every once in awhile. The doctor removed the catheter then sent me on my way , which was a great feeling. I was nervous for my first pee. While urinating I felt no discomfort, or burning sensation. I was shocked to see the pressure was not what I hoped . Anyone else have this? My stream was improved , but just not like it was after I had urethromy for the first couple days . Either way I’m happy with the results 2 days post catheter and 14 days post UrethroplastyApril 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm #810
The last story I shared way me being concerned about my urine flow not up to par. This is how this played out.. My urologist and I decided to do a scope me just 1 week after taking out the catheter following my Urethroplasty, instead of a couple months down the road. While doing this we found what he called a tiny piece of membrane in my urethra causing my urine flow to decrease as well as discomfort everytime I pee. He said I could live with it, but I told him I’ve came all this way I want it out. So 21 days after my Urethroplasty ( the day I was first cleared to go back to work ) I was back having a urethrotomy to have the membrane cut out . I’m home now with a catheter in AGAIN .. this time the larger gauge red one . It’s day 2 , I go in Friday to get it taken out . I was excited for the Urethroplasty to be the last time I ever see a catheter , but not even close . Right now it feels like a never ending battle.April 14, 2014 at 2:34 am #812lukeParticipant
Hi Jessee, I hope your follow-up urethrotomy did the trick. My surgeon mentioned that complication as one of the more common ones and that the urethrotomy almost always takes care of it. Hang in there!
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