July 8, 2017 at 10:41 pm #1375nml5129Participant
I have not been active on this forum for quite some time, but feel the need to let you guys know how my situation turned out.
After having 3 failed urethroplasties, I thought my options of ever being able to go to the bathroom normally were coming to an end. I went online and looked for a doctor who specialized in tough cases and re-do urethroplasties. My search brought me to Dr. Gelman in Orange, CA (I’m from Pennsylvania). I filled out a questionnaire to get more information and Dr. Gelman himself calls me on a Sunday night. We talked for about an hour and to make a long story short, I ended up flying out to California for a 4th surgery. He made no promises to 100% fix me, but he was confident in his abilities which made me feel confident too.
My surgery took 10 hours and Dr. Gelman used skins grafts from multiple areas because of the lack of tissue he was able to work with from my previous surgeries. Fast forward 6 weeks and the catheter came out and I was able to urinate normally for the first time in about 2 years. Although I am still trying to recover in other areas, it has been a year and half and my flow has not showed any signs of slowing down. Although I will have to monitor it for the rest of my life, I am very happy from a urination stand point currently.
After looking back on the surgery with Dr. Gelman, I have no regrets whatsoever other than the fact I should have seen him for the first surgery but I simply did not know. If you have had a previously failed urethroplasty, there is still hope. As someone who has been through this surgery more than anyone I have heard of, I feel confident in recommending him.
If anyone has any questions regarding what to expect during a urethroplasty surgery or any questions regarding Dr. Gelman, feel free to send me a pm at my email address firstname.lastname@example.org. I am no longer active on these forums.
Good Luck everyone,
NickJuly 13, 2017 at 9:09 am #1378poortonykrauseParticipant
I also got my surgery done by Dr. Gelman, and I can concur, he was fantastic. Everything about the surgery has been a success except I notice some burning when I urinate now. It comes and goes, but it came first about a month after surgery. Until that time it had been pain-free when I urinated. Have you noticed this? Has anyone?
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