I saw a urologist the other day for the first time. My problem with urgency has grown to mild incontinence in the last few months. It's one thing to have to go NOW and head for a bathroom in the next few minutes, but quite another to have to go NOWNOWNOW, which leads to leaks. Also, I found over the last couple years a lot of post urination dripping that has only gotten worse.
The real kicker was when I found myself alone at a store with my one year old and had to go immediately. I guess normal people would just hold it, but I was in a quandry. He is too young to leave outside the bathroom, and has way too much of an exploring nature to be able to set him down in the bathroom, so I was forced to hold him and go into a stall and try to do everything else one handed, or wet myself. So, now anytime I go by myself somewhere with him, I have to be diapered because there's almost no chance I can go more than an hour. Since this has been almost this bad for many years, I hadn't thought much about it, but it has crept up on me.
The Dr. wanted to put a camera into my bladder, but then he said a medical term I hadn't heard before. I knew I was different, but he said I have hypospadias, and from what I've now read, mine is minor, with the urethral opening close to where it is supposed to be. He couldn't put the camera in because the opening was too small. I had no idea...I mean, what or who would I compare it to? It's probably less than 2mm, but from what I gather, normal is 8mm. I can't imagine what the difference would be like, but he said that my bladder wasn't emptying completely (confirmed via a quick test) and that widening out the opening would probably fix my problem.
Of course, this makes me cringe, but I would be willing to endure it to not have to go 17 times a day (not an exaggeration.) I'm skeptical that it would make that much difference, but I seem to have all the symptoms of the small opening, including a burning sensation. Funny thing, for me, that's just what it has always felt like to go. When I was born, they thought maybe there wasn't an opening, but they said everyone was relieved when I had my first wet diaper.
Has anyone else had experience with this procedure? I wonder if it could somehow go wrong and leave me with some sort of permanent incontinence? I admit that it seems I'm headed that way now, but would rather not accelerate it.