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   Posted 7/3/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all my extended family,, hope all is well. Well, today went went to see the , and he recommended the Actis band. Does it work? We tried Levrita again as I posted earlier, but think we waited to  long..over 2 hours nono .Getting confused as to when its best to begin intimacy, and if this band really works.. Thanks all..Maritza

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   Posted 7/3/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Save your money. Go to the sex shop and get the adjustable constriction ring. They look like a lassoo made of surgical rubber tubing and have a bead that the loop goes through. It costs less than $10 and does EXACTLY what the actis band does. It seems hysterical that a "medical" company makes the same thing that sex shops have been selling for years and can charge a lot more!

Adjustable constriction rings are the best friend of every PCa guy battling ED. It turns the "almost there" into fully usable. Be sure to trim/shave pubic hair. All rings can rip hair out and ruin an otherwise great time.
46 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6 (Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious)
10/07 PSA 5.06 (Biopsy 11/07 1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report: Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
-totally contained to prostate,
-10% involvement in L & R Mid lobes
PSA 0 at nine months.
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.) Never a problem since.
ED - Took 100mg viagra every night. for several months
Totally usable erections at 10 weeks, which disappeared over the course of a month or two.
ED bounce is what they call it. Now, at one year, ED is fine with viagra.
One year PSA - undectable!

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   Posted 7/3/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
My urologist prescribe the Actis band and I got one and gave it a try.  It did not work for me.  The purpose of the band is to prevent venous leakage
but from my point of view if you cannot get the blood into the penis is the first place then how is blocking venous leakage going to work.  I still promote injections as they are almost always effective and give as natural and erection as possible.  The only difference my wife and I see with the Trimix injection erection is that the penis head does not get as firm as it did prior to my surgery.  Other then that the rest of the penis is very firm.
Keep trying!!
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06, 6/25/07, 1/8/08
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07

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   Posted 7/3/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never tried the Actis band, but have tried the adjustable constriction ring as Paul described. I have never found it to be very satisfactory. Even without hair getting in the way, skin still gets in the way, and I find it difficult to adjust without pinching -- ouch smhair

I have found ordinary office rubber bands to be highly effective. Mine are around 2" diameter and doubled over, they give a snug fit -- I normally use four. They work with a cheap VED (pump) too, and are much superior to the horrible sleeves that came with mine.

You can apply at least some constriction before inducing the erection. Arteries (inflow) run up the center while veins (outflow) run on the outside, so constriction operates on the veins much more than arteries. For me, blood still gets in, but finds it harder to escape.
Age 63 at diagnosis, now 64.
No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores.
Non-nerve sparing RRP on 7 March 2008.
Two nights in hospital; catheter out after 7 days.
Continent; no pads needed from the get-go.
Pathology showed organ confined and negative margins. Gleason downgraded to 4+4=8.
6-week : <0.05
7-month: <0.05
13-month: 0.07 (start of a trend?)
After a learning curve, Bimix injections (0.2ml) are working well. VED also works but we find it inferior to Bimix.

Post Edited (Piano) : 7/3/2009 8:57:02 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
My thoughts the same Piano. Told my husband that i was going to use an office rubber band, seems to me that it would serve the same purpose. Anyhow, going to try it tomorrow, and see if together with Levrita we will get results. I just hate the fact that we have to plan ahead of time. Don't want to sound selfish, but feel neglected, and exhausted just trying to get him excited. With Levrita you have to work even harder with stimulation. Not to mention, I think he concentrates to much on seeing results, than just enjoying the moment. Thanks all for lending me your ear..GB
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