Sorry to read about Pete's disappointing AUS situation. I totally empathize with him.
Sometimes you got to wonder how to go about catching a break with this business!
I had the AUS implanted two years ago this past month. The results were a dramatic
improvement over the total incon situation I was left with following the DaVinci gig.
I was left with excessive leakage but considering were I came from I was willing to
accept this as "as good as it gets". The silver tongued urology team indicated it could
make an acceptable improvement in my "quality of life" (and enhance their egos).
To make a short story longer; I agreed and what I think they did was remove a 5cm
cuff and install a 4cm cuff in its place. I will find out Oct 20 when I have a follow up
appointment with the Doc. I hate to say this, but I think they may have installed a
cuff that is now too snug! It seems like deja vu(?) like when I owned an enlarged
prostate with BPH issues - urinary frequency, urgency and low quantity voiding. It
could also be a couple of other things that I'm not going to be too happy about as well.
To get to your question (finally) - It is an out patient procedure but you still have to
go through the same hoops & wickets that you did for the original surgery (Pre op
testing, paperwork, etc.) about a week prior. Fasting the night prior to the event
and report for duty, take a nap - wake up, answer some dumb questions (like who
are you, where are you & when were you born). You have get a good urine
sample, pass gas, sign some papers and they let you go. Wife gets the car and meets
you out front - you have fight with wife as to who is going to drive (she wins) - make
her pull into the first In & Out hamburger stand you come across. Order a Double-Double
cheeseburgher - pick up you order- get out of Dodge --- Life is Good Again !!!
I really can't think of any thing out of the ordinary-- Oh by the way, they activate
the system in some obscure room they wheel you into after the Recovery Room. That
is where you have to pass gas etc. to get your ticket to escape. You go home with no
catheter and a full working system. If you have questions - shoot I will try to answer
or ask my Doctor (but what the heck does he know)! I Kid because I Care