I was diagnosed and had radical prostectomy in 2001 and have survived 9 years.
The major problems I have had are:
ED - nothing works except pump - tried Viagra, Cialis, injections with limited success and finally figured out pump.
The problem which really affects me is incontinence. When I had the surgery I had a staph infection while in the hospital and I believe this affected some of the healing process.
After the surgery I had problems with scar tissue which resulted in at least 4 times of having the urethra opened by either manual manipulations or surgery - the last being 9/ 15/2010.
It must be noted I also had the bulking with collagen and teflex which wasn't successful.
This surgery was done using the laser and so far so good but it doesn't seem like I am healing very well. I accidently pulled out the catheter and had to have it reinstalled during the process.
Last Tuesday, I had the catheter removed and cystoscope done. We talked about the sling and the Urologist stated if no scar tissue I would be a candidate in 90 days. Since the removal, when having bowel movements (5 days after reomoval) I am noticing a slight blood in urine and on penis. The Urologist warned me of leakage and I have little or no control unless I am lying down. I am using a penis ring to slow slow and it also allows me to urinate normally. I have control if I get up and urinate and start and stop flow, it is just the dripping which is getting me down.
I have another appointment with Urologist this Tuesday due to bleeding and I believe the low grade infection I have. It doesn't feel normal.
I am depressed and really want to stop or at least slow down the leakage since the last scar tissue removal and hope that I will heal and be candidate for this surgery.
In all probability I will be going to Cleveland Clinic if I am a candidate for sling but not certain if any other hospitals in Ohio or even Indiana would be better. I am 3 hrs Cleveland, 3 hrs Ann Harbor Mich, 2 hrs Cinci, 2 hrs Columbus. Any suggestions for hospitals which have done the most of these would be appreciated.