Artiphicial sphincter turned on- YES!

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cowboy bob
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   Posted 4/24/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday, 71/2 weeks after having my artiphicial urinary sphincter installed, my doctor pushed the little button to make it start working. After that, my wife and I went out to lunch to celebrate, and I had three large root beers. Then we went home and I mowed the whole yard. The great news is that I'm not leaking a drop. This after a year and 10 months of bad incontinence. The feeling is great, and I thank God for, 1. Ridding me of cancer with the removal of my prostate in 2007, and, 2. Allowing me to have thousands of wet pads and a lot of crummy days behind me. What a great, great feeling. 

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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Bob and may you have many, many dry years ahead of you.
It really would be nice if you gave us a bit more background of your history i.e.. age, PSA, stage of cancer etc. in form of a signature.
All the best to you in the years to come.

Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA on the 26 Jan., 09, =0.05. PSA tests now every 6 month

cowboy bob
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 4/25/2009 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Magaboo. I am 59. I don't really know what all of the medical acronims are, but in 2005 my PSA was 2.5, then a year later it was 3.5, then in 2007 it was 4.6. A biopsy showed I had a few cancerous cells in one part of my enlarged prostate, so when the doc said he could take it out, I said "Git-er done." He took it out June 30, 2007. Then in April of 2008 I had an artiphicial sphincter put in, double cuff style. It failed, and was removed two weeks later. I then got a new doctor who put in a new one, single cuff only, and now all is good.

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   Posted 4/25/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Boy, cowboy, that is really great news, you have to feel like a new man and free at last after the ordeal you have just lived. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy now. Happy for you
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

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/25/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy Cowboy,
Great news. You must be relieved (now at the push of a button). I hope you have meny years of error free operation.

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  

James C.
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   Posted 4/25/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear the good news. It's always good to hear of success stories here.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
16 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each 3 months

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   Posted 4/25/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   

    Great news Bob, 


    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  

cowboy bob
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 4/26/2009 3:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, all! Yes, it feels great!
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