Neal, still thinking about your case. If your blockage is that close to the penis tip, a little surprised that the first attempt didn't clear it up. What makes mine so hard, is that it actually at the bladder neck itself, not the urethra. The gel works good to get a scope up the penis without too much pain, though always a creepy feeling in my opinion. THe last time my guy tried to dialate me post radiation, even a 100 mg of demoral shot into my hip didn't even remotely take away the pain once he tried to dialate. It worked good getting the scope in place, but that was it. I shot to a "ten" and the more he tried, the more it hurt, so he had to abort.
Assuming you have good insurance, if, and I hope you don't need it, have to go through this again, insist on having it done as a day surgery thing. Then he can do a hard dialation if needed, and you will won't know or feel a thing.
Also curious, after this dialation, he didn't leave a foley catheter in place, to aid in the healing after the dialation? If not, I find that odd. Also, not saying he is wrong, but never heard of the catheter causing the blockage from irratation. I am on #15 and that has never happened.
I know how traumatic that was, and it will make you even more gun shy next time, that's how I am. Hope you do fine and this time it cures your woes in that department.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29