Patient Comments: Urethral Stricture - Diagnosis

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Describe the events that led to a diagnosis of a urethral stricture. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Steve , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 28

I am a 52 year old male, and experienced an 'acute urinary retention' emergency, complicated by an infected bladder. My urethra was fully blocked at the bulbar region (top of the penis) and this required emergency surgery to dilate the urethral stricture and release the urine. Prior to the surgery it was incredibly painful for a couple of hours, in bursts as the bladder tried unsuccessfully to emit urine. A catheter was fully inserted afterwards.

Comment from: HopelessinTx, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 14

I’m a 43 year old obese male. I got a suprapubic catheter due to urine retention. I also got a buried penis that also didn’t help with my problem. I got surgery done on buried penis hoping to fix the problem which instead got worse. I got x-ray done to see void bladder and results show severe urethral stricture. Now the doctor wants to do perineal urethrostomy. I need to go for a second opinion.

Comment from: Freeby, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

Christmas 2009 I was given a radical prostatectomy and a catheter was left in for a number of weeks. When the catheter was removed it was unknown to the nurse that my urethral tube had grafted itself onto the catheter and when the catheter was quickly pulled out my urethral internal tube was ripped in three places along my penis. I have had strictures for the last 5 years where I have had to have the urethral tube widened on several occasions as the tube wants to close itself up for repairs. I have for the last 4 years been self-catheterizing myself to urinate properly. I am so tired of being in the right spot at the right time with the right equipment to relieve myself. My son had stents used to keep arteries open during his bout of cancer and I am thinking that there must be something similar for urethral injury. The operation in 2009 also left me impotent but we have found a solution for that problem.

Comment from: Dan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I have had 5 incidents of urethral stricture, from about the age of 35. Each time it has involved a decreasing urine flow that occurred over a number of hours and got to the point that I couldn't urinate at all. Recognizing the problem each time I've gone to emergency but was not treated in time and needed to have the bladder punctured with a syringe through the abdomen to relieve the pressure. With each of the first 3 incidents I was told that it was because of an enlarged prostate but was finally diagnosed with a stricture. The 4th time I was operated on (while conscious) and had some of the structure removed by an operation that did not involve opening up the penis. One year later and it has reoccurred. It was not a total emergency situation as I was having regular flow rate checks. But after 18 months the doctor thought it was best to catheterize me again (with a bag) for a month. He is reluctant to do a urethra reconstruction (as am I) and from today I now have to self-catheterize twice a day to keep the urethra dilated. I am not sure I can do this indefinitely.

Comment from: Suthard, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I was diagnosed this past year with a tipped right kidney caused by childbirth. The urethral stricture first showed up in my 20s. I don"t have bladder infections, very rarely, but many RBC cells show up in my urine. At times I have edema, and was also diagnosed with spinal cord injuries in the neck, C4 and C7. I have dilations every now and then per insurance allowance. I experience nausea sometimes in the morning.

Comment from: Chris, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 06

I was due to have permanent seed brachytherapy but my surgeon said he would like me to have a flow test to check for urethras stricture 1st. I have no idea what to expect but he said he wanted to widen it to enable me to urinate freely after the brachytherapy.

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