You are the only one besides me (that I have read, at least) on this forum who mentioned having a stricture. I just went through that battle and had my stricture dilated one week ago today (June 12). The doctor also removed a "stone" from the stricture area. My stream is now much, much, much better... when I can retain urine in my bladder. The only way I can do that is by (1) sitting, (2) laying down, or (3) using my penile clamp. If you should read my former posts, you will note that I too have struggled with incontinence and I am now at four months post surgery. It just seems not to get any better no matter what I do.
But the real reason I wanted to respond to your immediate past post is something my wife read on the internet (she didn't tell me the particular site, but it was one of the big hospitals) the night I had my stricture dilated and stone removed. This site said that dilating a stricture is a temporary fix and that it will come back in time, along with another "stone". That was disheartning to me because my doctor, in keeping with his past practices, did not explain anything about the procedure or its successes or failures. He just said I needed to have the stone removed and I was all for that. He did that, without cutting I might add, but now I have to look forward to it coming back?!! I am getting ready to find a new urologist in the Dallas area whom I hope will be a little more helpful and informative. Anway, I am wondering if that is what has happened to you? Is that stricture back and if it is, most likely a stone will form and for sure and there just might be no control over leaking if that happens. Surely there is something more lasting that a good urologist could do... right?
By the way, I will ask again if anyone can recommend a urologist in the Dallas area. It seems my urologist is not too interested in referring me to anyone specifically. And I wonder if any urologist of any skill would want someone already worked on who is still incontinent. I am sounding negative again, aren't I. I am just ready for some improvement.
First biopsy 07/05;
Diagnosed: "Suspicious looking cells". Dr. says wait and watch.
Second biopsy: 12/27/06
Diagnosed cancer: 01/24/07
Gleason Grade: 3+3=6
Radical Open Nerve-sparing Prostatetomy: 02-14-07
Cancer confined to prostate
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
First Post-Op PSA on 04-18-07: 0.011
Bleeding problem at 6 weeks post surgery...No resolution despite several trips to surgeon, antibiotic treatment.
05/31/07: Cystoscope reveals "stone", due to "Stricture" (narrowing of uretha at prostate removal site).
06/12/07: Procedure to remove stone & dilate uretha at stricture: Successful procedure, but is most likely a temporary fix, and incontinence continues.