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Friday, May 24, 2013
Urethral Diverticulum Surgery
I had Surgery to correct a diverticulum 7 days ago. I am still with a catheter at home and expect to be for at least another week and a half when I return to the doctor, however, what I realized tonight when using a mirror, is the catheter is not in my urethra from the opening, rather it is through my vagina where the Dr. went in to correct the diverticulum. When the doctor drew a picture of what he was going to do, he didn`t mention this. Truth be told I`m very shaken. Is this normal? Once the catheter is removed, will I begin to urinate correctly through my urethra or is this a permanant incision? Lastly, is this the reason I have read so many things on dribbling and leaks afterwords?
I am assuming the problem was urethral diverticulum and not bladder diverticulum. Otherwise the surgery would have been done from the above. In that case I have to reassure you the catheter must be in the correct position. Otherwise the urine would not have drained in the bag attached to the catheter. If a portion of the catheter is visible then you have the problem of urethral disruption. Contact your surgeon soon.
Ahmad Hamidinia, MD
Professor of Clinical Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati