I’ve been meaning to write an update for a while but never quite got round to it. Things have got much worse and I’ve been having a lot more hassle with the urology department.
It seems that their efforts to dilate the stricture have (maybe unsurprisingly) instead made it contract more. Over the months since my follow-up appointment it has got to the point where it’s now worse than before my urethroplasty. Peeing is agony and I’m now having problems with suddenly and urgently needing to pee, often at inconvenient times. Sex is just impossible because of the pain of ejaculation.
While this has been going on I’ve been keeping in touch with the urology department about getting an appointment for urethrotomy. At first I got a letter giving me a date to go in for a pre-operative examination but no operation date. Then they cancelled that.
It turns out that the senior urologist had decided (for reasons nobody I’ve spoken to can/will explain) that I should be referred off to the surgeon who’d come here to assist with my urethroplasty. Of course, they didn’t bother to phone or email him to get his opinion and they sent the referral off by post.
Weeks passed without anything useful happening. I emailed the surgeon I’d been referred to and he quickly replied saying that there was no need for him to be involved and that he’d referred me back to my local hospital.
I emailed the surgeon at my local hospital with this news, but apparently he couldn’t do anything about it until he received the referral back, by post. Another week passed and I emailed the local surgeon with a detailed description of my current situation. He forwarded me on to the nurse who schedules operations, asking her to find an appointment as soon as possible.
So I’ve now finally got an appointment for a urethrotomy next week. Of course, given that the stricture is now much worse I doubt that there’s much chance of long-term success. I fear there’s another urethroplasty in my future.