You can go to the second post from top (Resources) and scroll down to the ED section for some posts about the IPP. Also can type in penile implants or IPP in the search site above and get some of the posts on this site. Also, Gene214 has a thread just a few lines down.
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Best of luck. Dutch
Post Edited (Dutch) : 8/10/2008 5:08:44 PM (GMT-6)
You can go to my post regarding my recent implants of AUS and IPP.
You can email me with any question and I'll answser. My contact info is to the left.
How good is the implant erection?
I will be activated in one week. I perhaps could answer yor question after that time. From what I read of others who have had the implant, the general consensus is that the implant erection is good.
Do you still feel the same sensations?
Is it obvious that there is something artificial in there to you and your partner?
It's obvious to me because I know it as a fact. But I am told others do not notice unless informed. There is some extra "hardware" in the scrotum, but it is not readily noticable.
Can you ride a bicycle with one of these implants.
Yes; after the doctor releases you to do so.
Do you feel it when its not inflated?
I have not yet been inflated. Will know in a week.
What do you look like in the locker room when its not inflated?
I have not been to the locker room and only my surgeon, his nurse, the uro nurse at the hospital, the class of medical student (Next day after surgery...boy, was that an experience), and a PA has seen it. But I can tell you in that in the mirror I look good. I mean, in my opinion, I've never looked better. I think my wife agrees.
Please do keep us informed. I received my penile implant on July 16 and was activated on Aug. 18. I am now three weeks post activation and still learning how to use it. There are a couple of sites with implantees who discuss their experiences, etc. If you email me, I will give you the websites, if you wish.
Going bottomless as much as possible is very good advice. I did that and helped with the incision healing.
I have a couple of questions about your signature. What is "penile degloving"? What is albuginea?
Luke... How are you? By now at one week the pain and bruising is probably a little less... right?
Well, I am almost sorry I asked. It is difficult to even imagine such things. I am sorry you had all that difficulty and I am glad my implant came along in 2008 instead of the 80's.
I am a "sucker" for questions, I guess. Here goes: What I am wondering now is "How much is too much use of the penile implant?" In other words, since I have this new bionic penis, which I really like to use, should I use it sparingly so as not to cause too much wear or should I put it to use, as I am now doing, when the opportunity affords itself, which is two or three times a week? What do you think? Is this something an implantee like myself should be concerned about?
I hope this is not too much for this forum. Someone let me know if I am going too far. I think the more we prostate cancer survivors know about these things, the better decisons can be made. But I really do not want to offend anyone.
In one of my posts after implant, I named myself the $70,000 bionic man. That's about what my total bill was, but of course it included not one but two implants: AUS and IPP. I am blessed with medicare parts A & B and a hospital supplement policy. My surgeon was glad to receive Medicare and my suplement. Younger guys can have some problems with affording it.
I accused my doctor of leaving me partially inflated but he kept saying (via email) that he did not leave inflated. It sure looked inflated. The day after surgery, while they were trying to get me out of the hospital, I practically refused to leave because I thought the doctor had made a mistake and left me partially inflated. Finally, I (with a red face) got the urology nurse on the floor to come check me out. When I began blushing, she said, "Don't worry hon. I've seen them in all color, shapes, and sizes." That brought a laugh to all three of us (includning the wife). She felt around and finally said it was not inflated, just gigantically swelled. Also, I didn't realize that the prosthesis never recedes into the body, neither does it hang limp. So, in other words, it all hangs out, making it look really a lot bigger than it was when flacid.
The above story really happened. I shared it so I could laugh again. Hope the rest of you got a laugh, too.
Post Edited (Gene214) : 9/26/2008 4:08:58 PM (GMT-6)
Right, KW. These implants are only for those who really need them. Laying all jokes aside, what we are born with is much, much better... if it works.
I am guessing your healing is going as expected. I'm sure you're now counting the days until AUS activation.
See you in Dallas
When we go to a doctor, we must listen to what he/she advises. However, sometimes doctors/surgeons tell us as little as they can get by with. I am sure it has something to do with their training. But I am one who had rather hear all the details. So your surgeon has a reason, I am sure, for leaving your penis partially inflated.
However, one thing I have heard/read about the penile implant is that the reservoir should be full of solution during most of the healing time before activation and the penis should not be left inflated for long periods of time. The reason is that the full reservoir will cause expansion in the area of tissue/muscle where it it placed and there will be produced a capsule around the reservoir in your abdomen. This is important because if it (the reservoir) stays deflated too long a time, the flesh will harden around the deflated reservoir, making it impossible to contain all the fluid it was deigned to hold. When the implantee desires to return his prosthesis to the flacid state, after erection, there would not enough room in the reservoir for the fluid, therefore stays in the penis, not allowing for full deflation of the penis.
I hope I am clear in all of this. My point is to talk with your surgeon and make sure he is comfortable with the amount of saline left in your penis and left in the reservoir during healing. Again, I am sure he knows what he is doing, but sometimes physicians make mistakes... sometimes.
Please understand I am not questioning your surgeon. I just want you to know what I have heard and read about inflation/deflation of the prosthesis and the reservoir. It it were me, I probably would want to cover that subject with my surgeon sooner rather than later.
Hope I don't cause you unneed anxiety with this. Not my intention.