Your message and experience are very encouraging for Virtue. My Dr. has recommended this sling for me. Says I am too "moderate" in score for Advance to be of much help. So she says do either InVance or Virtue. She has done about 70 Advance and InVance and only 6 Virtues.
Given the other post about removing Virtue...this concerns me somewhat. My Dr. said that I could always go to the AUS Pump if the sling does not work out. Since Virtue bonds to the tissue I was wondering if that is really practical.
Can you give me a little more information about your history and situation to compare to mine?
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64 year old male in excellent physical condition.
No serious illness of any kind.
PSA jumped from 3 to 8 in one year between annual physicals.
Biopsy/pathology confirmed postate cancer.
pt2b NO Mx with a Gleason score 3+3=6.
DaVinci prostatectomy, Robotic surgery July 23, 2008.
Tumor type: Acinar
size 5.5 cm x 5.7 cm weight: 77 gm.
Largest tumor nodule: 1.3 cm
All surgical margins were negative.
Seminal vesicles uninvolved by tumor.
Urinary incontinence incurred immediately followin surgery. Dry at nights but no control during day. Tried drugs imipremine and detrol but no help and caused side effects so stopped them.
Unable to obtail erection from beginning. Viagra and Cialis were used in low dose but caused headache so discontinued. Using pump for erection effectively with rubber clamp.Very loving relationship with wife and we are both fine with this situation as it is.
Underwent physical therapy and kegal exercises with no results for incontinence.
Uideo fluoroscopic urodynamics and cystourethroscopy testing in Oct. 2009. Resulted in recommendation for surgery to insert InVance Male Sling System for incontinence cure. Alternative is new sling called Virtue by Coloplast. Planning this surgery for January 2010.