Question which may sound stupid on AMS 800

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   Posted 2/24/2011 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have two weeks to go - March 9th to activation of the AMS 800 at Cleveland Clinic with Montague.
I really looking forward to it - now at 8 pads a day sometimes.
When you use the AMS, do you push like you normally do to empty your bladder?
I read where one of us was pissing 7 foot even though he had the
Your answers would be appreciated.
2nd Question - I have the card in my billfold for the AMS but I am tempted to get the Medalert medal to wear as back-up warning of the AMS 800.
Any of you have that.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 2/24/2011 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Peeing is normal the only thing that is diferent is that you can't pee until you open the cuff. My stream is way better than it was in the 5 or 6 years leading up to my RRP. All sensations of full bladder and urge to urinate are just the same. After three weeks of activation I have been leak free pad free. I don't even wear a light panty liner, just boxers. I will be glad to hear your report after your activation and hope you are as happy as I am.
Sometimes when i go to pee I forget and just pull it out and try to go and surprise nothing happens but a fairly uncomfortable sensation when my bladder tries to push against the cuff. I guess that after a while I won't forget anymore.
06-08 1st biopsy neg psa 4
10-09 psa 5.5 2nd biopsy 1/12 pos. 10%, G(4+3) age 65
12-15-09 RRP Tulane NOLA Dr Lee
Path, 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent @ 12 months
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
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AUS/ IPP performed 1/11/11 Methodist Houston
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 419
   Posted 2/25/2011 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Stream is normal. Sometime after laying down and being inactive I need to push a bit. Also it helps to push at the end to clear a few drops. I still wear a light pad. Stress will cause some leakage like golf did yesterday.

I wear a silver medal as a backup warning. Not sure it's worth it but don't even know it's 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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