I have dealt with hemmies for years. Finally had surgery about
ten years ago and fixed the problem up until I had RP in 2008. The constipation that came with the meds after RP and the sling and AUS surgery in 2010 brought a reoccurance with 3 internal hemmies that flare up occasionally. Not real serious, just aggrevating. I am now on my second rubber band treatment and have one more to go.
I did all the things they recommend including stool softeners and trying to avoid the constipation but it only helped to some degree. The pain killers that slow down the bowel system still produced a log jam or two for me and I must have done too much straining. Plus, repair job I had done ten years ago may just have run it's course.
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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