I wonder too, as it was told to me by the doctor that did my AUS ( an incontinence specialist), the urodymanics that he does establishes the pressure that a patient's bladder can hold and from that he can establish what pressure that AUS must provide to hold back the flow. The AMS800 AUS uses four different reservoir pressure rating and based on the data chooses the appropriate one. So, apparently some doctors must feel confident to guess all this? If I didn't know this from my AUS experience then I wouldn't be worried. However.......
Maybe you should look for an incontinence specialist. Teddydog said it, " a prudent step". My doctor was recommended to me but failing that I would seek out a large university teaching hospital in your area. My AUS doctor is with UT Methodist at the Houston Medical center and another doctor tag teamed with him to perform the IPP. The IPP doctor was With Baylor U. in the Scott Urology dept. The late doctor Scott basically invented these devises, both! Getting the right fit with the IPP is a big issue.
PS. the AUS was recommended based on the Urodymanics test, up till then I was thinking sling.
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, tumor 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent @ 12 months
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Methodist recomended AUS
AUS/ IPP performed 1/11/11 Methodist Houston
AUS revision 8/13/13 Dr. Boone- smaller cuff
Post op psa 0.04, then <0.01&
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