November 11, 2017 at 8:56 pm #1574
I had Urethroplasty in August with a BMG and though it went well, was unable to urinate after catheter removal. After undergoing a cytoscopy and a Uro dynamics testing it was determined that my prostate was collapsing inside and pinching the urethra off.
I underwent Laser surgery to remove that tissue yesterday morning, spent one night in the hospital and came home today. I still have my suprapubic as a backup, but I was able to urinate normally today for the first time! Not a great stream, but my surgeon warned me that the tissue is swollen and will take some time to heal from the laser. I still have to measure the leftover once or twice a day via the catheter to make sure I am not retaining, but she says it should all resolve in the coming weeks. So finally it was all worth it!
gregNovember 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm #1576
That’s great news Greg! It must be a huge relief knowing that your body still remembers how to do it, I know it was for me.
ClaytonNovember 14, 2017 at 11:26 am #1580
I had to wake my wife up at 4:30 in the morning like a little kid to tell her how powerful my stream was! I am not sure she was as impressed as I was.
I am still retaining residual inside and the surgeon wants me to log it for a while to see how much over time. If it doesn’t improve I may have to look at periodic catheters to keep that from being a problem. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one. I would love to remove this SP one, but it is a sense of security for me right now.
gregNovember 14, 2017 at 11:40 am #1581
I’m sure she was thrilled, lol
It takes a while for the bladder to strengthen up again after being unused for so long. My stream has definitely improved as my bladder has returned to normal again. I’ve never had a problem with retained urine, but my urethra is also about two inches long now, and a straight shot without the bulbar area.
I go in on the 18th of December for a follow-up, so it’ll be interesting to see what the output is compared to right after the surgery. Have they done a flow test on you?
ClaytonNovember 24, 2017 at 1:40 am #1584
I have not had a flow test since the laser prostate reduction. I flunked the first one three weeks after the Urethroplasty. To me subjectively it is very good (especially in the morning). I have not had a stream like this since I was a young man. It is a good feeling.
I touch base with my surgeon this coming week to see what her thoughts are on going further and as to when I can lose this darned suprapubic.
Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! Mine was a little bittersweet. We lost my mom days before I got sick and started down the path. Her presence was missed, but I am thankful for my health.
gregNovember 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm #1585
I’m sorry to hear about your mom. I lost my sister to cancer last year, just a few months before I was diagnosed myself. The first holidays are really hard.
I’m glad to hear things are looking good. Some days my flow rate is down and I start to worry, and then it picks back up again. I think a lot of it has to do with hydration, and also how relaxed your prostate is.
I had some good non-urological news on Tuesday. My CT scan was clear again, which means I can switch to normal chest x-rays from now on, since it’s now highly unlikely that the cancer will ever return. One year later and it looks like Dr Frankenstein got a hold of my legs, and I have sit to pee, but I’m cancer free and I’m peeing fine, so I’m thankful for that.
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