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Hi I have written you many times about myself. I am the one that has not been able to pee in 6 years. I had this problem at the age of 15 and now I am 21. I wanted to share my story with you and maybe some others. I was in a car accident when I was 15 I had pelvic doctor look at me a month ago he did a urodynamics. I could not pee. He filled my bladder up as full as he could he also tok pictures of the bladder while it was filling up. From the testing he said that my bladder had stopped working. He said he thinks it could have been from the car crash a few years ago. He came up with a wonderful idea. He said I could cath the rest of my life which I have done before and was not going to do anymore. He said the medicine was not working so that was out his next suggestion was a bladder pacemaker. I was not wanting to do it. But I went through the first surgery. It was the best move. I could pee again like I could 6 years ago. It was a full stream. I had wires sticking out of my back on the first surgery if anyone wants to know and it connects to a device. I went through the second surgery they implanted the pacemaker too all the wiring out. So far I am able to pee normal. I am so happy. I can pee like I could 6 years ago. I went to the mayo clinic and they did not suggest this they gave me medicine and told me their was nothing wrong with me. This shows you how well they are. I love my Urologist group here. They think the mayo clinic is terrible anyways. Thanks.

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Sean:

I'm glad you got some good help.  The interstim or bladder pacemaker is typically used for severe overactive bladder but it sometimes can work as you've described although this is not common.  You were very lucky.  Thanks for letting us know.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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