Hey John,  I had my takedown in Fall of 2012 when I was 18.  I had the same problem for a while.  Everything is kind of different down there now so I found I had to get used to using the right muscles to urinate.  Took me a while to be honest maybe a month or two.  But do not be surprised if its just a little weird from here on out.  Also a tip is just to sit down.  It is much easier I found to pee if I just sat on the pot.  Hope this helps!! Also feel free to ask if you need more tips!

I had my j-pouch surgery in 2000 and just discovered during a recent physical that I am retaining over 1,000 ccs in my bladder. I had no idea that I was so unable to empty and since my surgery was 16 years ago its not a new problem but my bladder has stretched out over time and I'm trying to get it back down before if fails completely.  I just had a minor reduction of my prostate to try and increase flow and self-catheterise but am curious if anyone else has experienced this problem?  I've read of nerve damage resulting from the take down but nothing that would have taken this long to present. I haven't found any literature out there that pegs to this long-term condition. Any advice? Anyone? Bueller?

 

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