I use the Depends "Guards" pads for men and after having also tried some of the generic no-brand pads from Walgreens and CVS pharmacies I went back to Depends "Guards" because the fit seems better. I haven't found any heavy duty pads though, just the regular ones. I'm one-month post-op. I have used the Depends briefs on several occassions, particularly at night after my catheter was removed, and they worked well; I use them with a pad inserted for added protection. I've had some annoying chafing of my inner thighs when the pads/briefs rub against the skin and I've started wearing an ace bandage at the point on the thigh where the abrasions are occurring. I saw my Urologist earlier in the week and he told me I should start seeing an improvement in the incontenence after 3 months - in the 3 month to 6 month time period (following surgery).
about the Cialis: My Urologist has me on Cialis 3 times weekly, together with MUSE. It's soon after surgery for me and I don't expect an erection at this point. 8 of the Cialis tables (per month) are covered by my Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the remainder aren't - and my cost, after co-pay and full-pay will be about $150 per month. The MUSE is covered but my co-payment is about $50 per month. So, this will cost me about $200 per month for everything.
I've been fatigued lately, something I'm not accustomed to, and the Urologist suspects my Iron count is low - so he's having me take an Iron supplement daily. Also, he didn't think I was getting sufficient protein in my diet and asked me to take a protein booster each day; I've selected one of the protein mixes (powders) at GNC. I had my baseline PSA test and one of the nurses telephoned yesterday and left a message saying the result was "0.0", but I'll call back to find out what the number behind the ".0" is so that I can track it in the future.
Age: 59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)
April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior
June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample
Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days
Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon
Post-op Gleason's: 3+3, Tertiary 4
Bladder & Urethral: Free
Seminal vesicles: Not involved
Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion: Not involved
Tumor: T2c; Location: Bilateral; Volume: 20%
Catheter: Removed 12-days after surgery
Incontinent: Yes (19 days post-op)
Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08
Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)
Post Edited (Mavica) : 10/9/2008 11:43:21 AM (GMT-6)