AUS Activation is March 9th at Cleveland - questions on how to prepare?

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   Posted 2/8/2011 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  My AMS 800 Activation is Mar 9th at Cleveland Clinic - 3.5hr drive from home which I will do in morning.
I have initial review 10:30 with Activation 11:30
My surgery was outpatient so it was slam blam - overnight and out the door before 7:00 AM the next day.
I only contact I had since then was hospital calling asking how I was.
Getting a Letter to go back to work and setting up an appointment for March 9th.
March 9th is there anything I should do to prepare for the activation ?
Drink lots of water 1hr or 2 hrs before?
Should I call the surgeon and ask what he wants me to do?
Your advise would be appreciated.
Thanks     confused
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James C.
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   Posted 2/9/2011 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck in March. I would have thoguht your doc would have given you any special instructions for preparing for the activation, if any were needed. A call to his office might answer your questions. The AMS guys here will probably have more to offer.
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 2/9/2011 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
It should be a great day. Really nothing to prepare for that I can suggest. It should only take a few minutes. Just write down any questions you have. I always seen to forget and then think of them after. The doc will activate by squeezing the SIDS of the bulb. Mine did not even show me how to deactivate. She said no need but the directions are available from.
I think you followed my threads so you have read my experience. Yours should be no different.
Give us a follow up tomorrow.
By by pads and hello dry.
Glad you are finally there!
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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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 2/10/2011 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   

That's where I went for my AUS surgery, etc. Going home after surgery, my instructions were to pull down on the pump every day to insure it settles in the correct position in the scrotum and to NOT push the button or bulb. When I went back for activation, there were no advance instructions. In fact, after my doctor examined me, incision, etc. I was told to go find something to drink and come back in an hour for activation and training. That was it.

I have read here where some actually drank liquids before the appointment to insure there being urine when it was time to activate, but I didn't.

Anyway, I live in South Carolina so it is an 11 hour drive. My doctor even told me I could go to my urologist at home for activation if I didn't want to make the trip.

Good luck. I hope you will be as satisfied with yours as I am with mine.

Diagnosed @ age 46 - September 1997
PSA 5 / Gleason 3+3
Seed Implant - January 1998 @ Trident Hospital, SC
PSA 2.4 - July 2007
PSA 2.7 - July 2008
PSA 3.0 - November 2008
Diagnosed @ age 57 - December 2007
Gleason 4+3
Salvage Prostatectomy & Colostomy - March 2008 @ MSKCC, NY
Suprapubic cathether installed - July 2008 @ Cleveland Clinic, OH
Urethral-Rectal Fistula Repair - August 2008 @   Cleveland Clinic, OH
PSA < .03 - Aug 2008
Penile catheter removed October 2008
Suprapubic catheter removed December 2008
Colostomy Reversal - January 2009 @ Cleveland Clinic
Urethral stricture removed - January 2009 @ Cleveland Clinic
(Total incontinence - 4 diapers & 6 - 8 pads per 24 hour period)
PSA < .03 - Jan 2009
AUS implant - May 2009 @ Cleveland Clinic
PSA < .03 - May 2009
AUS activated - July 2009
(Wearing a light pad daily.)
PSA < .03 - July 2009
Penile Implant - December 2009 @ Cleveland Clinic
PSA < .03 - December 2009
Penile Implant activated - February 2010
PSA < .01 - April 2010 
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