Urethral diverticulum and fear of surgery?
October 31, 2011 8:18 AM Subscribe
I was recently diagnosed with a urethral diverticulum which bulges through my anterior vaginal wall. I hadn't noticed it at all until I went to a nurse for bacterial vaginosis, and she referred me to a gynecologist for what she thought was a cyst. The urogynecologist I met with sent me to get an MRI and suggested surgery to remove the pouch, since it is periodically filling with fluid and could cause complications (recurrent UTIs, &c.) if not treated.
I'm terrified for many reasons. The idea of having surgery at all is scary (I will be totally anesthetized), let alone surgery in a sensitive and delicate area that I'm afraid could permanently alter my sexuality. I've Googled the condition and surgical treatments multiple times, but I really can't find anything but medical literature, and nothing which discusses quality of life after the surgery. I will be on program of antibiotics and have to wear a catheter for several days. Many accounts of the surgery seem to imply that it is difficult and can lead to fistula or reconstruction of the urethra. If the diverticulum were bothering me, I would consider this surgery necessary. At present it's merely unsightly and a slight obstruction to intercourse.
I guess my question is, has anyone else experienced this? Have you had surgery to correct it? Am I worrying too much? I know that the outer 1/3 of the vagina is the most sensitive area, and I'm afraid that surgery there will reduce my enjoyment of vaginal intercourse. I'm young and I don't want to undergo an unnecessary medical procedure that will hinder my enjoyment of sex for the rest of my life. I've also read that it can lead to significant problems with incontinence, which is not currently a problem even with the diverticulum. The few anecdotes I could find on the internet referred to extremely long healing time (exceeding 8 weeks), blood transfusions, and bacterial infections. Right now I feel very scared. Any counsel is welcome.