My situation has been similar to Ron's in many ways. He and I have written extensively about our journeys on the forum. In my profile below I have included links to threads I started. This includes my first attempt at a sling and then the AUS.
I also was a constant leaker after RP during the day. When sitting or in bed I could make it to the John in time. Otherwise, I would pretty leak completely dry if I was out and about. This never changed and I went to the one year mark before trying the sling which did not work at all for me and then I did the final fix of the AUS. Doing the tests Ron mentioned will give you a good view of your potential for a sling or the AUS. I would give it close to a year before you give in to either a sling or AUS. One never knows how honest these doctors are or whether they just want to do some surgery and make some $$.
I settled into pads and a clamp. The clamp was uncomfortable as hell but it kept me from needing to change pads two or three times a day. You will find a way that works best for you.
Feel free to email me from the address in the profile if you want to talk further and I will send you my phone number.
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.
Links to my journey posts: