As Knotreel said, I have a couple of threads posted that trace my journey. links to both are in my profile below. Let me know if you have any trouble accessing them.
I had my AUS activated the last week of August. All has gone well. As some of you know, I first had a Virtue sling implanted that did not work. After my RP I was a constant leaker during the day but pretty dry at night. Dreaded the thought of an AUS so went for the sling instead. It did not work at all for me. Looking back I should have gone straight to the AUS. It's really no big deal to get used to using the thing and I can claim dryness with only a little residual leaking because I do not have patience to wait the 2 minutes some of you describe. I still work an office job and travel a lot so am an impatient dude.
My bladder does not seem to hold a lot. I usually urinate every 2-3 hours. At most I may pee 200 ml or so but normally it's more like 100 ml. I am one of the impatient ones and never wait as long as two minutes after emptying the bladder.....more like 20-30 seconds. Because of that I leak a few residual drops so I wear a light panty liner that will last all day. Even when I play golf I can easily go a full nine holes without leaking enought to fill that light liner.
For the first few weeks I would always go in a stall and drop my pants around my ankles to pee. Otherwise I would tend to sprinkle all over the place and needed to use two hands to activate the AUS.
Now I discovered that I can take Willie out just by opening the zipper. I then run one hand down inside my pants between the pants and briefs. I then grab the AUS bulb with one hand through the briefs and activate it with one or two short squeezes. I hold Willie with the other hand so I can always point with accuracy. This lets me go in a normal urinal and no one even notices that I am activating an AUS. I find that I can empty with only a very slignt activation/squeeze of the bulb. I am done in a few seconds. I will wait a few more seconds, I guess only 10-30 seconds and shake out a few drops.
Good luck with your activation and do post a thread telling us about your experience. I really find that tips and tricks we all learn are really helpful....even thought we are all a little different.
66 year old male
PSA jumped 3 to 8 Jan 2008
pt2b NO Mx with a Gleason score 3+3=6.
DaVinci RP, 7/23/08. Tumor type: Acinar
size 5.5 cm x 5.7 cm weight: 77 gm.
Incontinence & ED. Dry nights , no control during day.
FUDS and cystourethroscopy testing 10/09.
24 hr pad wt. 219gm. AUA sympton index 13/35=moderate
Virtue sling surgery 2/3/10 NYU med center
Appeared to help but gradually returned to pre surgery condition.
Back to 3-4 pads/day.
Latest PSA 4/1/10 negative.
AMS 800 artificial urinary sphincter implanted 7/8/10 at U of MI.
AMS 800 activated 8/25/10 Dry for first time in 2 years.
Links to my journey posts: