As I understand it, there are two related procedures for strictures.
1. Insert scope-like device with a balloon (something like angio plasty for arteries) and baloon it (press it open and hope it stays open).
2. Insert scope-lide device which cuts it out. It's my understanding this one is more risky to long-term incontinence. Of course, I do not know that as a fact.
I had the # 1 procedure and it worked for the stricture and it remains open after nearly 8 months. But my incontinence continues. I guess it's anyone's guess if that procedure had affected my being able to be continent.
07/05 - Biopsy: Suspicious looking cells.
12/27/06 - Biopsy
1/24/07 - Dignosed cancer: Gleason Grade: 3+3=6
02-14-07 Radical Open Nerve-sparing surgery
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
4-18-07: First Post-Op psa = 0.011
05/31/07: Cystoscope reveals "Stricture"
06/12/07: Procedure to remove stone & dilate uretha at stricture: Successful procedure..
8/31/07: Back to new urologist for regular check up & received 2nd post-op Psa. It was 0.05
8/31/07: First Bio Feedback session.
9/19/07: Finished 4 Bio Feedback sessions. No imporovement with leaking.
9/26/07 - Started injections
10/27-07 - Began using clamp at uro's encouragement.
02/01/08 - Still leaking & cannot contain urine in bladder except when sitting or laying down. Can hold it for abut one minute before drip, drip, drip.
02/28/08 - See Uro. Will discuss artificial sphincter