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James C.
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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
In another thread, overhauled said:
 
I am also dicouraged with leaking. But I am only 6 weeks from surgery and understand I may have a ways to go. My work place gave me 6 weeks FMLA leave so as you could imagine, I've had plenty of time to surf the internet about recovery from this horrific procedure. Have you looked into the penile clamps that are on the market? One link I've found is: http://www.prostate-cancer.com/coping-with-prostate-cancer/incontinence-penile-clamps.html or you can just google penile clamps and see the many different types. Just a suggestion..... This is my first post to this site. Good luck!
 
I'm starting him his own thread here, for welcome and sharing.  Welcome to Healing Well, and hope you will share your Journey with us as you continue your path of recovery. Any questions?  feel fre to ask...


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
21 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each 3 months


london2000
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 7/18/2009 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi James,

Regarding what Overhauled posted, I have experience of the Dribblestop - www.dribblestop.com/ and www.incontinenceclamp.com/. The Dribblestop is designed to clamp off the urethra while allowing blood to reach the end of the penis - you don't want the end turning blue or dropping off!!

I wore one of these for an hour or so a day when my incontinence was very bad and when I couldn't stand upright without leaking at a fast rate of knots. It could be very effective, although, despite having numerous combinations of settings to get the right tightness, there were times when it was too tight and others when it was too loose. Each time, a judgement call had to be made on what setting to use. Also, it was essential (in my experience) to wear a pad as well as the Dribblestop as an insurance policy.

I was advised by my medics not to wear it too often because it would discourage my bladder, external sphincter and pelvic floor muscles from regaining their natural function. Nevertheless, for a period of 2-3 weeks, I found that the use of this penile clamp restored some normality to my life and allowed me to leave the house for an hour or so without fear of major embarrassment.

Because of improvements in my continence that I've experienced recently, I've not worn the Dribblestop for a couple of weeks now and I rely just on pads. But it was a great convenience when it was needed.

Roger
Diagnosed with PCa in April 09, aged 59. PSA 9.5 ng/mL, Gleason 3+3, 3/8 cores positive on biopsy.

Had laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in 21 May 09. Histopathology raised Gleason score to 3+4 but cancer confined to capsule with surgical margins being negative. Stage T2c. Nerves spared.

Catheter removed on 4 June 09. Currently coping with incontinence issues, but making progress!

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