I decided to start this thread for what can be a trivial topic. But, when we find something that works well is seems good to share it....at least I was encouraged to do that about
the "one hand method" of urinating. with an AUS and this adds something to that thread.
I have settled in on wearing Jocky boxer briefs with a vertical opening/pouch. These work well because I use a one hand method of activating the AUS while standing at a urinal or toilet. This way you don't have to drop trowel to go. You just unzip, pull willie out, then run one hand down inside your trousers to squeeze the AUS bulb while holding willie in the other hand. the cloth of the briefs is between your fingers and your scrotum. It can be inside the briefs as well but I find it more comfortable to do it with the hand on the outside of the briefs.
Now, since I am a bit impatient I do now like to wait a minute or two for willie to drain and for the aus to close completely. As a result I almost always get some residual drops after closing up. So, to catch these drops and any others that may come out because of stress/strain like playing golf or lifting I wear a light pad all day. I take it off at night with no problem at all.
I have found the best pad for me is a brand of ladies panty liner called Always Infinity. They have a mark on the box that says "heavy flow" and are green in color. You find them in the ladies "day of the month" asile, not the incontinence asile. Wal Mart has them for about $7 for a box of 30. I put them in the Jocky boxer briefs reverse of what the box says. I put the wider part at the top all the way to the very top of the flap opening. The key is to make sure that the pad is positioned to catch willie's spout after he is put back in. My willie is somewhat of a "left leaner" so I position the pad to the left side and as high as I can place the liner without it sticking out of the flap opening of the briefs.
This may seem like a lot of trivia and it may not work for everyone but it works very well for me after a lot of trial and error. One pad will last all day depending on what I am doing and how much I have been drinking. I usually change pads at the turn if I am playing golf just to be safe or anytime I sense it is getting wet or full.
I "always" keep a spare in my back pants pocket and a couple of spares in my golf bag.
This makes it easy to urinate at any urinal with someone standing in the stall next to you and they don't even notice you are doing anything different that they are.....and, it's a quick change if you need to switch in a stall.
Hope this helps anyone that is also a proud owner of an AMS 800 AUS.
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.
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