I know I posted a similar topic in other area, but now realize it was in wrong area and I can't find it. I hope this is the right place for this, and am sorry for posting in wrong area the first time.
I am 55 years old. I am incontinent for urine and stool. In 2001 I had an emergency lumbar decompression L4-S1 because of incontinence, after surgery for 3 months straight cathed. I was left with slight foot drop and a neurogenic bladder, time voiding was better for me then straight cathing, I never thought straight cathing was horrible. The first few times I did it, I cried, I always found it difficult and private. I never went to another urologist till Aug 09. I never told anyone I have stress incontinence, I dealt with it, never wanted to go thru urological tests. After surgery the uro-gynocologist my surgeon called in, was horrible, accused me a lying, he said I could go if I wanted to. I went home with a Foley Catheter, was unable to learn how to straight cath after surgery, was not able to bend because of post surgical pain, he said I was looking for attention, all I did was cry, he said he would give me no sympathy. I never went back to him, and after I was abe to go to the bathroom never went to a urologist, or told a doctor of any problems I have with urine or stools.
In Aug 09 I had ACDF C5-6 because of a myolopathy, my first signs was when I looked down my feet tingled, I thought I noticed changes to my bladder and area, but wasn't sure, I went a urologist, but was so un decisive, that he sent me on my way, saying if I have a problem to come back. I woke up from ACDF unable to move rt foot or leg, both came back slowly.
In Oct 09 I had new pain in arms and legs, and bladder area, called surgeon, went to neurologist, had T spine MRI, have herniated discs, and degenerative changes in all discs. My bladder feeling also changed, was not feeling it well when I went to bathroom. In April I lost all feeling, I went back to urologist, who was going to send me on my way, till I said I really do have a problem. Gave me short test, it showed how I push to urinate, and then push again to maintain flow, I do empty well, no retention. I had a urodynamics with video. I have no contractions to my bladder (no one has told me what this really means), and have spasms to my pelvic floor, along with dysfunction. I was given valium, which helps a lot, but now having a problem with pushing, and more . I went to a uro-gynocologist. He said he can give me surgery (sling), which may leave me having to straight cath, when I asked him my bladder was due to my back and if I had CES, he said he put a ? next to neurological reasons for bladder. I wonder if not from my back, what else can it be from? I will ask him at next visit. I have no feeling when I urinate, and have numbness in the saddle area. My bowels are emergent, even though I am constipated.
Has anyone here had sling surgery for their bladder? Were you able to go normally after? Did anyone have surgery to the bowel area? Did it help?
The uro-gynocologist is sending me to another surgeon who at the same time he does the sling can help my bowel problem, I am not sure if I am going to have both or just the sling.
If anyone had the sling surgery, can you tell me if you were able to go on own, or if you have to straight cath?
Are you happy you had the surgery?
Were you able to feel your stream? Did the surgery help this, the surgeon said it may take pressure off nerves in the area, and I may get some feeling back.
Any other info you can give me will be appreciated.