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I posted another thread about catheter size and the problems I have had inserting the catheter into the bladder. My primary care provider has scheduled me for a Urology consult which I thought was just for a cytoscopy but after reading the order I see she also wants an evaluation for TURP.
I am not convinced that my problems are caused by an enlarged prostate. I was in a car wreck about 20 years ago resulting in a severe TBI and damage to my cervical spine. I had a MRI a week ago and it showed moderate narrowing of the spinal canal at C6 & C7 along with severe narrowing of the nerve canal on the right side at C6 & C7.
When doing CIC the cathether seems to pass thru my prostate fairly easily, its only when it reaches the bladder that I have problems with insertion. From doing some research it seems TURP is focused on making the passage through the prostate larger, I'm not sure if this will help my condition.
Is there a way that they can actualy tell if it is the prostate causing the problems or the damaged nerves and brain ?
I'm a veteran so I get all my care from the VA. I'm scheduled to see both Urology and Nuerosurgery on the same day in the next couple of weeks. I'm just trying to prepare myself to know what questions to ask when I see them. I suspect I'll continue with the CIC but would appreciate any insight others may have...
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