Felt I needed to come in and answer this one. Optimist, after prostate surgery, there's a small group of men, 2-4%, that have stricture problems. For most, its often a once or twice event, usually from difficulties of the urethra to bladder neck connection in surgery. Some surgeons know in advance that there might be a problem. Usually, for the simple stricture problems, the dr can go up with a scope, look around, and find the problem. Often they reopen things with either a soft or hard dialation, or the can open it up with a small snip here and there.m
For others, like me, the stricture problem is chronic. In the 2 years since my open surgery, I have had 6 out patient surgeries to re-open
my bladder neck, plus 2 emergency dialations at the dr office. All of this kept me on a total of 21 catheters, about 1/2 year on foley catheters and a year on a suprapubic catheters. So yes, strictures can be a big issue.
Some strictures can take months to block things, however, I have been opened up surgically, with a laser yet, and had the bladder neck scar 100% closed shut in 30 days, which amazed even my surgeon.
When I had my Salvage Radiation, it made matters worse, often radiation alone can cause stricture issues, even if you didnt have them to start.
Now that my bladder has been shut down and bypassed, I will never have to deal with strictures, catheters, bladder spasms, or any of that the rest of my life. But this relief came with a big price, now that I have an ostomy and will for the rest of my life.
If you need any more info or help on the subject, feel free to email.
Hopefully, you wont have to deal with it.
david, now back to my disapearing act