I have mentioned Rick K.'s story before on healingwell and time to hear the journey from the so-journer directly. I called him today and got his update, yes he went a little different route from day one and has a very interesting story that atleast needs to be heard. He recently went to Dr. Bob Baladament (uro-surgeon, well known in Michigan, he also does the AUS installations about 60 min. proceedure he said at PCa meeting last Tuesday), and he referred Rick to see Dr. Fred Lee for color doppler ultrasound and guided biopsies. All Michigan guys and Rick and I met at Dr. Birch's PCa seminar meetings, back around 2002 era, I have been following this story along thereafter.
It might take Rick a few days to post his journey and information. Myself, find it real interesting....sure not meant for everybody...and he says the same too. Knowing all ones choices in PCa....could be priceless to someone. Since this one is one you probably haven't seen witnessed in this forum by someone walking the walk, makes it even better
to see what may be possible in PCa scenarios.
AUS: Atrificial Urinary Spincter
Oh from Tuesdays PCa seminar we had guest speaker above Dr. Bob Baladament (surgeon-he recently added robotic LRRP-was open surgery doc for long time)..he gave us a seminar in the AUS...Artifical Urinary Spincter device, some minor points I picked up on, fyi for those interested:
Insurance should cover the proceedure and medicare or medicade, Gov't will pickup most of it too. Takes 60 minutes to perform, 3 small incisions, only one incision that could even be seen standing up. System is totally hidden within your body, little control pressure pump is in scrotum (one side or the other used). You cannot ride bicycles anymore if you get one of this it will detoriate it to soon, otherwise you are go to go and continence is considered excellent against leaks. He installs two cuff bands instead of one for better results. It takes 4-6 weeks to heal after installation before you should jump into using it and pressing near your testicle on pump thingy. 96% of patients whom get this done recommend it to others (supposedly), the item lasts about 10 years (silicone breaks down) so then you get it replaced thereafter. This device if for guys with moderate to severe incontinence issues. This device is about 30+ yrs. old, with some minor updates in designing. He has done alot of these and can handle patients with hernia and some other issues too. Even can be used on older guys towards 75 yrs. old+ (fyi)
Youth is wasted on the Young-(W.C. Fields)
Post Edited (zufus) : 8/14/2010 8:29:08 PM (GMT-6)