Steve, welcome to the forum. Hate to see ya here..lol
I can't address the implant question, other than to say that the cost of the surgery runs in the 30K to 80K range, and when the added expenses of out of town hotel, travel and aftercare costs, I think the injections will compare very favorably.
I'm guessing you haven't gone the injections route so far? If not, then the cost of the drugs isn't really that much. Few men are able to tolerate and use the Caverject (very expensive form of alprostadil) at around $40 per shot. However, the cost of Bimix is low, around $55 per 5 ml. vial, which will yield around an average of 20 injections at the .25ml injection. Trimix costs around $94 per 5 ml vial, mail ordered overnight with cool pack, and yields an average of 50 doses per 5 ml vial, at a dose of .10ml or cc per injection. Insulin nedles are around $10 per 100, so the cost of Trimix for the average user is around $1.98 per dose, including the syringe, and Bimix is around $2.60 for the same. Much cheaper than pills and much less problematic and costly than implant, in my opinion.
I think the success rate for injections are in the 85-90% range, also. No, insurance doesn't pay for injections,of course, but out of pocket isn't really that bad.
The implant guys may wander in soon, so they can address your other questions. I understand you looking in this direction, you being a long term ED sufferer. After 22 months of complete zero results, I am slowly beginning to turn my thinking in that direction myself. At 4 to 5 years, I may be looking seriously at it.
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 110gms.- 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
Post Edited (James C.) : 7/22/2009 12:35:59 PM (GMT-6)