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    Bladder aug surgery

    Having only hung out here about a month, I haven't seen anyone mention undergoing or considering bladder augmentation surgery. Scott had it done in Dec 95 at Piedmont/Shepherd in Atlanta. It's been great for him.

    Any of you out there? Do you know what I'm talking about?

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    Marcomo, I am a t-4 para of 18 yrs. I had the surgery at Rush Presb. Hospital in Chicago, 3 yrs ago. I was having bladder problems way before the surgery, probably around 16 yrs of leaking... I waited as long as I did to have the surgery because I was told by my doctor that I should not have anymore children after the Augmentation...

    The surgery has improved my mental aswell as my physical health... No more leaking, I can go 6 to 8 hours between cathing... I used to have go cath every 2 hours, even with all the cathing I would still leak.. I also have only had a couple of uti's since. The doctor said my bladder before the surgery was only the size of a tennis ball...

    I had a bad reaction to all the antibotics that I had to take the night before surgery... About the 2nd day after surgery I had a really bad case of hives and was iching terribly... I cant feel below my breasts and so I can honestly say that the hives were worse than the surgery itself... I stayed in the hospital 7 days and had to use an indwelling cath for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery to let my new bladder heal... I did leak alittle atfirst but as time went by my bladder began to adjust and life has been alot easier now... No more diapers, no more leaking... Good luck... Anna

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    Scott's been extremely pleased w/his BA as well. He wore an internal catheter for about 3 years, had numerous and very serious UTIs, and learned that his bladder had atrophied to the size and texture of a walnut. The surgery was rough and so was the recovery, but well, well worth it. He's so much more independent w/o all the hardware he used to have attached to him.

    I must say, too, as a woman, I'm quite jealous of you. What I wouldn't given to have a new bladder that can hold 1000 ccs!! Especially when you're traveling w/a man who has said bladder.

    Anyone else interested in the surgery, etc., I'm sure you can find all the info you want in this forum.

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