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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 3/26/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
cry  Tony, thanks for your response and comments. Yes, I did fax a letter to AMS-----no reply to date and placed them on formal notice that I was looking to AMS to step up as a responsible corporation and stand behind their product and cover all expenses associated as a result of their products failure. In doing research on the Internet I found and article put out by a group of Dr.'s that that provided me with a new insight regarding the complexity and seriousness of the initial implant surgery and revision surgeries which become even more complex and very serious. I understand now where I reside why there are only a handful of available surgeons that are willing to do these implants I talked to a number of lawyers and they were not interested. Not enough money and a $25,000.00 retainer was required. The article by this group of Dr.'s made it appear that the average life or market life of an implant is 5 years same number of years as the warranty and any implant of this age should be replaced.  The surgeon on my first implant gave me a 10-15 year period and stated when I asked how will this implant compare to my normal erection he stated 99% to normal. I was devastated and highly depressed after my surgery to discover the true reality. Dr.'s and the Manf. in this case AMS use and hide behind the legal doctrine of "informed consent"

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 3/26/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   


I was told that my AMS implant (scheduled to install in three weeks) has a lifetime warranty. I did not consider whether or not that included the cost to install, I guess I just assumed it did (or that insurance would cover it again). Is the 50K for labor only?

Age: 43
Diagnosed at 41 by routine blood test
PSA at diagnosis: 5.1
Pre-op Gleason: 3+4=7
Post-op Gleason: 6 (different labs?)
No luck finding local experience with DaVinci
Scheduled RP at Vanderbilt: 8/06
Insurance trouble, rescheduled at Centennial Hospital, Nashville
Prostate removed 9/06
Robotic, nerves spared, no positive margins
PSA since RP: good (less than .05)
Currently suffer ED

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25382
   Posted 3/26/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
$50,000 for labor to install the inplant? Holy smoke, that is more than my entire open RP operation and 4 days in the hospital cost. Can I assume that most insurances would not cover this procedure?

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05, 6 month on 5/9

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