What's wrong with the "SEARCH" function? (Strictures, Scarring, Bladder neck contracture)

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 8/31/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I am trying to search the prostate cancer forum for "stricture" and nothing comes up. Hard to believe, so I tried "incontinence", still nothing. So, what am I doing wrong, or what is wrong with the forum?

Abnormal DRE 12/06
Diagnosed 1/23/07
Biopsy 6 cores 1 positive
T2b Gleason 3+3 PSA 1.4
Laparoscopic Prostatectomy 5/11/07
pathology: less than 5% tumor by volume
no cancer in margins or vesicles
cath out on 5/22
PSA test Aug. 2007= less than zero
Continence: none while standing

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Post Edited By Moderator (bluebird) : 8/31/2007 7:19:10 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 8/31/2007 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jef,

The search does have a few problems.  

 to http://www.google.com and type the following to search this forum in the standard google search box (using "stricture" as an example search word):

site:healingwell.com f=35 stricture  (this should come up with all the topics on stricture)

"f=35" is used to identify the only prostate cancer forum
Replace the word "stricture" with other search words or phrases you'd like to find.  For example if you wanted to find all discussions in the forum around the "da Vinci" surgical procedure you could type:
site:healingwell.com f=35 "da Vinci"  (the double quotes ensure you'll find the exact phrase "da Vinci")
This has been more reliable for me than the built in search.
Barry (a.k.a.) Idaho

Age: 54
PSA: 4.3
Biopsy: T1c, 3+3=6, 2 pos. samples in one side of prostate
Da Vinci 31 Jul 2007: saved nerve bundle on side of non-cancerous side
Final pathology: Confined to prostate, T2a, 3+3=6
Working to get back into good shape
Waiting to take that first post-op PSA
My awareness web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 8/31/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi ~

Here are a few direct links...

(Direct Link ~ just click on the title below and a new window will open!  

Reminder … click on the REFRESH icon once you get there)


Started by: Gene6163 

I Know Why I'm Still Incontinent @ 4 months... bladder neck stricture

Should One "Hold" At All Times for Improved Continence?

If lifted, I shouldn't have, it hurts, now Am I in trouble?

Now I am in Panic Mode about My Incontinence... Help.

Method discovered (?) while attempting to regain Continence

"Gushing" and Collagen Implant

open Surgery Three Weeks Ago...


Started by Puget

Dilation procedure - effect on continence 

Puget's Passage


Started by Jefner

Reason for my continued incontinence: "Stricture" 


Started by Berb

Incontinence - Artificial Sphincters and Slings



This will help future readers also.


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Post Edited (bluebird) : 8/31/2007 7:36:32 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/31/2007 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Excerpt from

“Dr. Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer”…(Give Yourself a Second Opinion) 2001

Patrick C. Walsh, M.D.

Professor of Urology, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and

Janet Farrar Worthington


Bladder neck contracture, or constriction of the bladder neck:  this is scar tissue that forms where the bladder neck is sewn to the urethra, and it has been reported in between 1 and 12 percent of men after surgery.  Its symptoms are usually manifested by persistent incontinence, and a very slow or dribbling urinary stream when –this is the tip-off—the bladder is full.  Remember, incontinence immediately after surgery is a very common problem.  In the early days after surgery, many men who are having incontinence also worry about having a slow urinary stream.  But it’s hard to achieve a good stream if there’s not much in the bladder—and it’s impossible to store up urine in the bladder if it keeps leaking out.  Bladder neck contracture is different; the bladder is full, but the best you can manage is a dribble, because the scar tissue is blocking the flow, like a stuck washer in a faucet.

            If you are having prolonged incontinence, you should be evaluated with cystometry, a test that measures bladder progress and function by passing a small catheter through the urethra into the bladder.  Changes in pressure are monitored as the bladder fills with water.  If scar tissue is causing the trouble, it can be reopened in a simple outpatient procedure as a urologist, using a cystoscope (a tiny tube inserted through the tip of the anesthetized penis, through the urethra and into the bladder), makes a few tiny cuts to relax the tight scar tissue.

            To keep the area open, your urologist may recommend that you pass a small catheter through the urethra every day for a month or so after the procedure.  This way, the scar tissue won’t re-form, and the normal lining of the bladder and urethra will cover the opening as it’s supposed to.  If the scar tissue is particularly stubborn, your doctor may inject a powerful steroid called triamcinolone into the area of the contracture; this can be effective in preventing the scar tissue from returning.


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