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    Dilation of urethra

    This week my urologist will perform a cystoscopy of my bladder and urethra.
    Maybe I'll have a dilation, because sometimes cathing causes problems.

    Does anyone know how they perform a dilation of the urethra? Can this be done under local anesthesia? I hope so, because I don't want general anesthesia.

    I don't have any sensations, so I presume that local anesthesia is a good option.

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    Hey Quinten - I've got a little sensation (I can feel pressure when I cath) and when I went in for a cysto they also did dilation. The put something in the urethra to reduce the feeling - so the answer to your question is that they did it under local anestesia. For me it was quite uncomfortable - it felt like they were ramming something huge up there but it doesn't take long (they did maybe 5-10 different sizes) so was bearable. Mike
    T12 Incomplete - Walking with Crutches, Injured in Oct 2003

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      #3
      Thank you for your comment.
      Hhopefully the cysto gives a good result.

      I only have some minor problems bringing the cath in, and they occur only in the first bit (top of the penis), so I hope a dilation is not needed.

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        #4
        Quinten - I was having problem inserting the catheter after it went in about 4-5 inches. They did the cysto first and didn't see anything but figured they'd do the dilation anyway. It didn't help much - I still have problems cathing every now and then. I can't figure out why/when the problem occurs. All of a sudden the catheter just doesn't want to go in for a day or two.

        Good luck with your procedure.

        Mike
        T12 Incomplete - Walking with Crutches, Injured in Oct 2003

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          #5
          Had the cysto last friday.

          Strange enough, my urologist couldn't get the scope in, probably because of a narrowing.

          But as I don't have any problems bringing in a catheter, he advised to give it a rest and come back after six weeks.

          A good decision?

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            #6
            I´d go to another doc before waiting six weeks.
            "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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