Living With A Urinary Catheter › Forums › Urethral Strictures And Their Treatments › update: 3 weeks post urethroplasty
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March 16, 2018 at 7:24 pm #1683CatheterChrisParticipant
This site was such a big help to me during my recovery I figured I’d share my experience a bit to ease some nerves.
I am a 28 year old male who has been dealing with a urethral stricture for the past 2 years. I had one dilation done 1.5 years ago to no avail. The stricture was back with a vengeance within a month of the procedure.
I tried to ignore it for another year until I had enough. I found Dr. Purohit out here in NYC and we started the process of figuring out what was right for me. Luckily my stricture wasn’t too long or narrow so I was able to avoid the graft.
My surgery was pretty standard to the condition as it was done through the perineum due to the stricture being in the bulbar area.
The first 3 days post surgery were probably the worst, the catheter kept me up all night and I was having painful morning erections everyday. I found that lubing it up prior to sleeping helped me the most. By the 4th day I had gotten used to the catheter and the area of incision wasn’t bothering me anymore. My catheter was removed 13 days after the surgery. I was told it has healed very nicely and to come in periodically to make sure it was holding up.
It has been a week since the catheter was removed and so far, I feel amazing. I find myself making a lot of trips to the toilet (I drink about 2L of water a day) but was told that it takes time for bladder inflammation to resolve after prolonged catheterization. Which gives the feeling of having a small bladder. My stream has actually gotten better as the days have passed and my frequency of urinating seems to be settling down as well.
One thing I have done is I make myself get an erection and hold it for as long as possible everyday, sometimes twice a day. I do not actually masturbate or tug at my penis. I just think of good times and gently touch. My doctor said this was fine as long as I don’t actually do the deed and finish. I’ve enjoyed this practice as I have noticed the strength of my erections vastly improve day to day. I would say I’m running at about 90 percent at the moment and should be at 100 by next week.
This whole process has been quite the mindf**k but I can assure you that it gets better and is totally worth the recovery. I’m open to any and all questions about my experience and recovery so don’t hesitate to ask.
April 10, 2018 at 9:10 pm #1701justinParticipant
- This topic was modified 5 years ago by CatheterChris.
Hi Chris, I am going to need to undergo what seems to be a very similar surgery and enjoyed reading your post. I was wondering if you could write a follow up, letting me know how things are progressing and what to expect. What you’ve perhaps learned to do or not do etc.?
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