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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/19/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been reading this blog for some time and it has been very helpful. I had a radical prostatectomy using the DaVinci Robot on 8/31/2007 in New Haven, CT by Dr. David Hess. I was 57 and in very good health and physical condition. I don't smoke and only social drink. It was successful, but I have been incontinent for the last year and a half. If I am inactive I go through 1 to 2 pads a day. However, the use of alcohol or caffine, or stressful excercise like skiing, biking, gym workouts makes be use a pad every couple of hours. I have managed through all things by wearing a depends diaper and pad to be extra careful. Of course this is a pain in the neck and I find I am doing less exercise since the operation.
I have decided to try the Advance Sling and I am scheduled for surgery April 24, 2009. Dr. Marlene Murphy-Setzko, Hartford, CT is performing the surgery. She indicates she has done about 50 sling surgeries. I am hoping for the best result, with the expectation that I will only need a pad for excercising. I would love to hear more about the results others have had with the Advance Sling. I will report my results after the surgery.
Radical Prostatectomy with DaVinci Robot 8/31/2007, age 57
PSA has been close to 0 since then.
Sexual activity resumed totally after about 6 months, used Viagra for a few months prior then no longer needed it.
Scheduled for Advance Sling 4/23/2009

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 3/19/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Please see my thread " Ed's AdVance Male Sling Procedure " started 9-4-08.


Ed from Rochester, NY 66 years old
PSA 6/06 1.9
4/06 Biopsy 1 core cancerous Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
8/06 Da Vinci Dr. Joseph, Strong Memorial, Rochester, NY
Gleason 3 + 4 = 7, negative margins
3 month PSA .01
6 month PSA .01
9 month PSA .02
1 yr PSA .01
1 1/2 yr PSA .02
2 yr PSA .03
1st collagen 12/07
2nd collagen 3/08
Imiprimine 7/08
still leaking about 120 ml/day 2 - 4 pad
AdVance Male sling procedure 9-05-08
Unable to void, catheter in for 11 days, then self-catheterization
Dry after Catheter removed, no exercise for six weeks from procedure date
Now, totally dry except for some post urinary dribbles.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 883
   Posted 3/19/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
    With your rate of leaking you should do well with the sling.
    Good Luck,
    43 at Dx and Surgery (RRP)
    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.
    July 14th, 2008 - AUS consultation with Dr. Morey at UT Southwestern (Dallas).
    July 30, PSA 0.00.
    Aug. 22nd, 2008 - AUS Surgery by Dr. Morey
    Oct. 6th, 2008 - AUS Activation by Dr. Morey.  Working Great, only light drips and dribbles.
    Jan, 31st, 2009 - PSA 0.00  Next test in July, 2009  

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