There's hope. However, my stricture resulted from surgery, so whether it applies to your situation is not clear to me.
My stricture was dilated. Dilation and urethrotomy have similar outcomes. Fortunately, my stricture "popped right
open" and wasn't very long. The stricture was
opened at around the 3-4 month mark after surgery. 6 mos. after the procedure, the stricture was checked and had remained completely
open. It's been 3 years since the stricture was
opened and so far, so good. Flow remains good.
It's clear from your post you've been reading about
this. And you're right, most literature is unfortunately discouraging. That said, when I had mine
opened up, there was someone else here who'd had his
opened up 10 months prior and his was still holding.
The length of the stricture is everything. Hopefully, you will have a similar outcome. I've done no self-dilating nor self-cathing. They even sent me home without a catheter. The next morning, there was bleeding from my penis, which cleared up after 2 or 3 days. There's 4 or 5 or us that I know of who's had to deal with this issue. Mixed results for sure.
I'd want to know how long the stricture is.
I completely understand the discouragement and can relate. Reading about
this issue is not light reading. But, I felt the same way with the same outlook and here I am.
PSA 2010 thru 2014...4.0 +/- .7
Dx 12/14 @ 56 yo...2 cores G6 <5%, 1 core G6 20%, 1 core HGPIN.
RALP 11/25/15...3+4. 3 mm G6 surgical margin, 15% involvement
(5% G4) pT2+ Decipher: non-aggressive
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