Lvdgs, Please check our My Journey! I am 19 months post op and was using 6+ pads a day. I had two colligen injections at about 12 months post op. A few months later I had the AdVance Male Sling which gave me no improvement. I just completed two more colligen injections. This time it has worked really well....at least for now. But, it is one week since last injection and I have crept up to 2 pads a day.
Some may question why I would keep trying the colligen when the data shows it does have a slim chance of restoring total continence. At 45 years old my only other option is the AUS (Artifical Urinary Sphincter). At this time I just do not want all the artifical plumbing installed in me. I am willing to try everything I can before I give in to that device.
I do not know your age but I would not fear the incontinence if you decide on surgery. Only a very small percent of us end up with this dreadful side effect. After all is said and done the AUS is a very reliable device that has good rates of providing total continence.
Wish you well,
43 at Dx and Surgery
PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear.
Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006 Undetectable 0.00.
ED workable and usable with Viagra.
Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008 Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day) All PSA's 0.00.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement.
April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection. Back to using 4-6 full pads a day within a week.
May 14, 2008 - Another collagen injection to try to Band-Aid the leaking for our June cruise. Will start making conusultation appiontments for AUS after we return.