Cowboy (& anyone else who might knlw for sure),
What is your surgeon/uro saying about the process of the artificial sphincter? How long does he expect you to be in the hospital? Is it considered major surgery or just a "procedure"? How did you go about feeling confident that he can handle the surgery? How many of these things are performed each year nation-wide (I know that may be too much to find out).
My search has not answered very many questions about the sphincter surgery. I am most likely in the same category as kw, mabe even a little worse, except I am older. The post about the mal-function of the artificial sphincter in Jerryv has of course concerned me. The sling seems much less invasive and simple, which is why I am considering it, although I know there are risks there too.
07/05 - Biopsy: Suspicious looking cells.
12/27/06 - Biopsy
1/24/07 - Dignosed cancer: Gleason Grade: 3+3=6
02-14-07 Radical Open Nerve-sparing surgery
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
4-18-07: First Post-Op psa = 0.011
05/31/07: Cystoscope reveals "Stricture"
06/12/07: Procedure to remove stone & dilate uretha at stricture: Successful procedure..
8/31/07: Back to new urologist for regular check up & received 2nd post-op Psa. It was 0.05
8/31/07: First Bio Feedback session.
9/19/07: Finished 4 Bio Feedback sessions. No imporovement with leaking.
9/26/07 - Started injections
10/27-07 - Began using clamp at uro's encouragement.
02/01/08 - Still leaking & cannot contain urine in bladder except when sitting or laying down. Can hold it for abut one minute before drip, drip, drip.
02/28/08 - See Uro. Will discuss artificial sphincter
Post Edited (Gene6163) : 2/16/2008 8:08:36 AM (GMT-7)