The Male Sling Installed 11/30/10 and its working!!!

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RFP
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 1/10/2011 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgery was January 20th of 2009 and I had been using 1 or 2 pads for the last 11 months. I had the male Sling (Advance) installed at the University of Chicago on 11/30 and I am DRY. I had some retention issues for the 1st 2 weeks after surgery but I was taught how to self cath myself and now I am over this retention issue. My bladder now seems to be working properly. I also developed a UTI but I am now over this also after about 20 pills. I now cough, sneeze, get up and move around and I am DRY. The only issue I seem to still have is an urge issue (got to go now) and a frequency issue. I drink a lot of coffee during the day and I'm going to start cutting back on this. I'm hoping this will cure with time or with drugs. If you are only using 1 or 2 pads a day, i think the Male Sling will work for most of you. Anybody have any success with urge or frequency issues (Drugs?) My normal doctor suggested Detrol LA 4mg or oxybutynin 10mg but my surgeon suggested holding off on these for a while until everything is properly healed (about 6 weeks) Take care everyone.
RFP

Purgatory
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   Posted 1/10/2011 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, RFP. Sounds like a sucess so far. I was on Oxybutynin (Ditropan) for nearly 2 years steady for a different reason, and while it may help what ails you in the short term, my dr. said it can make the bladder lazy, and interfere with its normal working. In my case, there was no choice. Sounds like you are doing great.

David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 1/11/2011 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats. Looks like you're doing well. The six weeks shoule be up any day now so maybe the pills will help.

Worried Guy
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   Posted 1/11/2011 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
RFP,

Congratulations! That's the kind of info I like to hear!
I had mine put in yesterday and for the first time in 18 months I woke up with dry underwear! Sadly, it was because I'm on a catheter that should be removed today.
It sure was nice to have a morning cup of coffee today.
I think I'll have a glass of water too - because I can! Woohoo!

Jeff
Married 34 years, DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8, 09: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis. May '09 PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, 20%-70%, Gleason 3+4=7, 3+3=6. Bone and C/T scans neg.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7, Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm, location: both lobes and apex.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next See Uro 1/22/10 Trimix #1. Try 0.08- 25%, 0.12-25%, 2/26/10 try 0.16 First Success! 90%. 8/9/10 Now at 0.24 still 90%
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day. Try controlling fluids.
12/11/09 5 months: 3 pads per day, 400-450ml/day
02/26/10 7 months: 3 pads but leak is now 320 ml (5 day avg.)
03/22/10 8 months: 3 pads per day, 280 ml/day (5 day avg.) PT says all muscles are tight and working properly. "There must be another issue."
5/22/10 10 months: 2 pads per day, 190 ml/day Scope on June 15 "Short sphincter"
7/15/2010 one year: 2 pads per day. 140 ml/day, dry in bed.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04
1/14 6 months - 0.05 (Siemens Centaur)
4/14 9 months - 0.04 (Siemens Centaur) and <0.01 (Roche ECLIA).
7/12 1 year - 0.03 (Siemens Centaur, direct chemilum); <0.01 (Roche Cobas 601 ECLIA)

tatt2man
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 2842
   Posted 1/11/2011 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
RFP - congrats on the good news - here's to dry times !!
hugs
BRONSON
Age: 55 - gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve
location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/09 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/09
Pathology: pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA: 04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 03/12/11 - TBA

RFP
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 1/11/2011 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
All, thanks for responding to my post. I'm feeling much better about myself these days. DRY is great!!! The male sling rules.
RFP
Last PSA prior to biopsy- 5.9
Biopsy - 12/08
Gleason Score - 3+3=6
Staging - T1c
Age at biopsy - 66  good Health (Work of 3-5 times a week at Lifetime Fitness and Bike)
da Vinci RP surgery - 1/20/09 at Sherman Hospital in Elgin IL
Surgeon - Dr. Griffin
Hosp stay - 1 night
Catheter removed - 1/28/09
Post-Op blood test - 2/25/09  PSA 0.04
Scheduled weekly biofeedback sessions with Physical Therapist started 3/2/09
Electrical stimulation started 4/6/09
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