Scouter, your issues seem very similar to mine. I had
open prostate surgery 3 years ago and came away cancer free, suffered only temporary ED but after 2 years still leaked between 2-4 pads a day. After complaining to my Urologist what a nuisance the leakage was he referred me to a sling specialist. After a cytoscopy and urodynamics I was considered a good candidate for the Advance sling and elected to go that route based on my own research and the results of others in this forum. My surgeon said his success rate after doing over 100 was about
70% dry or very close to it.
I had the Advance sling installed in Nov 2012 and have not leaked a drop since...a total life changing event. I can do anything I wish, lift, ride my bike, walk, run...you get the idea. Prior to the sling I had to cut back on many of the activities I did, walks with my wife, hiking, swimming, you name it, the list goes on. Not sure how active you are but the sling also improved my sexual relationship back to pre-cancer days, wow, I thought I'd never see that...what a blessing and I privately thank the surgeon often for restoring a great relationship back to a more fulfilling great relationship.
Carrying and changing pads was always an issue when out with friends or family, I'm sure you're familiar. I used to dread the thought of an all day fishing trip on the lake with my best friend because I wasn't sure how long I could go on 1 pad. My quality of life is no different now than pre cancer days and I often mention to my wife how incredible such a simple procedure has been and what a difference it has made.
Yesterday I hopped on my motorcycle for a ride with a friend and was looking for a tool in the sidebag when I stumbled on a cache of pads from last summer, I smiled and decided to leave them there in case I need something to wipe up oil with and to remind myself of just how different life is to be dry.
I hope this helps, I did post a long thread on my sling surgery recovery, if you're interested I'll look it up for you. The sling surgery recovery was actually more difficult for me than the prostate surgery, everyone seems to be different.
Good luck with your decision process and please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
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