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Today,I was supposed to have an artificial sphincter implanted today to address my total incontinence caused by a Green Laser procedure ithat was done in March of this year. Today's surgery to be aborted because a stricture was found at the start of the procedure, and they couldn't insert a Foley that is needed during the surgery. He did go ahead do a ballon dialation to procedure to clear the stricture. Have any of you had such a dialtion done, and how long did it last?
The GL procedure in March was followed by a Gyrus TURP in May to clean up debris and inflammation, and do try to stop my total incontinenced following the GL; both procedures were done by the same doctor. The doctor had me doing theraphy to try to cure the incontinence. Months of theraphy effort gave me no improvement. During these months, I would monitor my urine output when I would pee during the night, measure the amount and how long it took so I could calculate my average flow rate. I found it to be between 3.5 to 5 cc/second. This seemed low to me, but when I mentioned it to the doctor, his nurse and the theraphist, they seemed to ignore my concerns.
I finally went to another doctor at a teaching hospital, and the artificial sphincter placement was scheduled for today. Needless to say, I am feeling very disappointed and down right now.
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