I just completed four sessions of Bio-Feedback. Ceadar Chopper is one who kept on nudging me to do so. I think many on the forum, including Ceadar, have received helpful information in this process. I wish I could be more positive about it, but thus far it has not worked... for me. However, I evidently have other underlying problems.
I posted a couple of nights ago, just before I went for my last Bio session and I was really down because I knew I had to go in and report no improvement. I was terribly disappointed, but I don't think it was the fault of the bio-feedback experience. The lady who took me through this experience acted just a dissappointed as I and she took extra time with me yesterday trying to "get a handle" on my problem. One of the things she noticed was that at my last systo, the doctor and read into my records that my sphincter was "a little shorter than usual." She said she had never seen anything written like that by a doctor and was puzzled about it. However, no more puzzled than I. I have built up a pretty good sour disposition by now about doctors... so I have to guard my words I suppose. After all, one did take the cancer out (I just wish I could feel he did his best job on me).
Anyway, for me bio-feedback didn't work... or at least it has not yet. As to be more exact about what they did, I had to insert a probe up my rectum and leave the wires hanging out of my pants ("Look... I've grown a tail!" That was good for a few laughs anyway). She connected the probe to her computer which measured my squeezing strength. I only got to about half of what I should be. Again, that's not the fault of the bio-feedback, it's some kind of problem of mine.
She is making a recommendation to my uro that I receive collegan (sp?) implants. I had actually been tested for that not long after my surgery, but I didn't pursue it because of some negative things I read about it. I think it is KW who had a couple of those implants that didn't work. But my ther. says it might be what my sphincter needs until it catches up to size... (I'm still growing? ... Naaaa. Maybe she said "catches up to speed") But I intend to start another thread about the callegan implants again. I'm going to do it now.
Anyway, the evidence is in that it helps some people. I'm just not one of them.
First biopsy 07/05;
Diagnosed: "Suspicious looking cells". Dr. says wait and watch.
Second biopsy: 12/27/06
Diagnosed cancer: 01/24/07
Gleason Grade: 3+3=6
Radical Open Nerve-sparing Prostatetomy: 02-14-07
Cancer confined to prostate
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
First Post-Op PSA on 04-18-07: 0.011
Bleeding problem at 6 weeks post surgery...No resolution despite several trips to surgeon, antibiotic treatment.
05/31/07: Cystoscope reveals "stone", due to "Stricture" (narrowing of uretha at prostate removal site).
06/12/07: Procedure to remove stone & dilate uretha at stricture: Successful procedure, but is most likely a temporary fix, and incontinence continues.
8/16/07: Start bleeding again in urine. Get to see a new urologist same day. He thinks stricture is back, but send home with Cipro.
8/20/07: Go back to dr. for cystoscope. "No sign of stricture"! Wonderful news!
8/31/07: Back to new urologist for regular check up & received 2nd post-op Psa. It was 0.05 (non-deteactable). PTL!
8/31/07: First Bio Feedback session. The little lady is very positive that I can gain control. That's what I want more than her. New urologist is not very sold on effectiveness of Kegals???