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November 16, 2014 at 9:23 pm in reply to: Looking at a urethroplasty 7 years after urethrotomy #912
Couldn’t agree more, Luke. It has been AMAZING since having this corrected last March. As weird as it sounds, I still look forward to peeing, every time. I think the idea of having that part of your body opened up is definitely scary as well as having a catheter in for an extended period of time. I know thats why I put it off. Only advice I’d ever have would be to not think twice about it and just have it done as soon as possible.
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 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm in reply to: Looking at a urethroplasty 7 years after urethrotomy #799
Had a quick question about the incision site. Did anyone notice their scar was initially raise up a little bit? Is this just the absorbable sutures? Thanks!March 21, 2014 at 12:24 am in reply to: Looking at a urethroplasty 7 years after urethrotomy #798
Day 9 Since Urethroplasty
Healing going as planned, had to re-up on bladder spasm pills as they’re the only real issue with the recovery. Very little pain at incision site. Still keeping a gauze dressing on it just in case. Feel pretty lucky I haven’t had the swelling down there that some of you other guys have experienced.
Went for a couple walks this week (still chilly here in Northeast) and besides the catheter and leg bag being annoying they were great. Sleeping has been tough, painful nocturnal erections wake me up like clockwork every night @ 230-3am. Although its a small relief to see I still work. Counting down the days until this cath comes out….March 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm in reply to: Looking at a urethroplasty 7 years after urethrotomy #794
Hey guys, had my urethroplasty done Tuesday with Dr. Vanni at the Lahey clinic in Burlington, Mass. Everything went great as they had to take a 3cm graft from inside my cheek to make the patch. I woke up in zero pain, completely out of it but no pain and haven’t had much since. My cheek just feels numb and my incision site just feels uncomfortable.
My night in the hospital was uneventful as they gave me enough pain meds to knock me out for a good night’s sleep. Dr came in @ 6am to remove my JP drain as i put my pillow over my face because I didn’t want to look. Said everything looked great, helped me stand up to get dressed and I was good to go.
Now home, I took the first shower today very gently and feel much better. I very carefully surveyed my privates and I’d say the swelling is only to that of a tangerine, with no bruising.
I’ve been trying to cut back on the oxycodone and my bladder spasms have not been bad either. They routed the catheter up towards my belly button which has made a TREMENDOUS difference in terms of comfort. I barely know it is there. In the past I have always had it routed to the side.
Overall this experience has been extremely positive so far. I’ll be checking in again as the weeks progress but wanted to say thank you to ken and everyone who has posted here as well as Dr. Vanni and his chief resident Dr. Faust @ the Lahey clinic. The fact that they do 2-3 of these a week obvious makes them experts. I highly recommend them for not only their skill but their bedside manner as well.March 9, 2014 at 1:04 am in reply to: Looking at a urethroplasty 7 years after urethrotomy #792
Luke thats great news, both about the energy level and the amount paid. I’m going in on Tuesday morning for mine. Doc has me scheduled for 3 hours, end to end repair, no graft planned as of right now. I’ve been dreading the cath because of the experience after the 2 DVIU’s but after some serious internet research I’ve read that they sometimes use a small french cath for a urethroplasty. Just went out and bought 2 new jock straps in prep for the upcoming week. (The one from my hockey bag definitely wasn’t sterile :))February 27, 2014 at 11:08 pm in reply to: Looking at a urethroplasty 7 years after urethrotomy #789
That is awesome news, congratulations! Getting that cath out is a fantastic feeling.February 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm in reply to: Looking at a urethroplasty 7 years after urethrotomy #781
Luke, Chris and Crazy Train, thank you very much for posting your stories. This site has been such an amazing resource for guys on the outside looking in. In short, I’m 28, have had two failed DVIUs and with the help of this site am now scheduled for a bulbar stricture urethroplasty on March 11th with a surgeon who does over 100 per year.
I had my RUG yesterday and the solution wouldn’t even go to my bladder because my stricture was so tight. It was uncomfortable to say the least. Dr. said the cath would come out three weeks after the surgery for me and honestly that’s the part I’m looking forward to the least. Did anyone watch any of the videos of the surgery before they had it? I hate that I’m curious, but I haven’t had the stomach to press play yet.
Again, just wanted to share and hope everyone’s recovery is going as planned.