Partial Quote from Biff posted on this thread…> Artificial Sphincter started by zebbiedog
Take care everyone and let me hear from anyone who needs advise on this. Bluebird, thanks for the help in the past and hope everyone is well.
Hey ~ Biff,
We are thrilled to hear from you!!! Your words above brought happy tears and a warm smile to my face…. Thank you!
Your journey is too important not to be here… so I’m adding updates from other member’s threads… You sound great! Thank you so much for staying in touch... it's important for you and for "all of us".... Friends Care!!!
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Hello everybody, this is Biff and yes I am still around. I haven't been on the forum in some time, as I have been trying to see how everything was going to turn out for me. Those of you who do not know me, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2006. I had my surgery in 2006 and have been screwed up since. My incontinence was terrible and I have done more keegles than Kelloggs has cornflakes. I had the artificial sphincter 800, I think it is called, with the double cuffs, as I am 54 years young with an active life. (use to be active life) LOL!! Dr. Pearson activated the sphincter and the penile pump, yes I had that done at the same time, in December of last year. My incontinence is better than it was, but I am still leaking just enough that I still have to wear a male guard. Let me say that I am not leaking very much, but I feel that everything I have been thru, I shouldn't have to wear a pad at all!! That is my goal. I don't like wearing underwear, yea I love just hanging loose, and flopping around. It's is a man thing, you know? I feel like I'm wearing a jockey strap when I'm wearing underwear! Oh well, we got through that. Now for the penile implant!! I would like to hear from anyone who has one. I don't think they are all they are cracked up to be. When he activated it, I pumped it up till it hurt, and I looked like I had shrunk up to about half of what I had!! I told my Dr. that I was bigger when I was 13 years old!! LOL!! He kind of snickered but when he looked at my face he could tell that I was not joking and was serious as hell!! He said to work with it and to come back to see him in a month. I did, (worked with it) for the next month, and stayed in the bathroom more than I ever have just pumping away!! I have managed to go from 9 pumps to 13 (painful!!!) pumps!! But I still am not what I use to be!! Mind me, I am not or have I ever been a John Holmes (deep throat), but was very happy with what I had!! To catch everybody up, I did use a penile pump ( one of those things that has a plastic tube that you stick your little stump in and pump the suction to it hoping to get an erection).
Yea, I have one of those and used it every day to keep the blood flow to my penis (Pee-wee) , as my wife and I call it now. So the Dr. cannot say that it is because it has not been stretched lately. I used that thing every day and probably stretched it to lengths I never have been!!! I just pray it will get better. If only I could get to the size it was at that last stretching!!?? No kidding everyone, I try to laugh at myself, as it keeps me going, so just try to bear with me. For you guys who are contemplating on an artificial sphincter, I would do that one again, because I believe it will get better. There is a little valve, about the size of my little finger, in my scrotum sack, that I have to squeeze to urinate. I have it down pat to the sense that I have been at a public restroom and used the stand-up urinal and no-one knew that I had the prosthesis. It is very easy to use. You can even pump it twice to increase the stream if you have to go bad, and yes I still have that feeling that I need to go. They said in the begining that you have to remember to empty your bladder every two hours or so, but, I feel just the way I did before. I have that gotta go feeling and go to the bathroom and squeeze that button and OOOHHH, what a relief it issss!!!! So do not hesitate if the Dr. says that is what you need. I have the two valves in my sack
and it does feel a little crowded down there at times. It just does not feel natural to me to feel the things. On my right is the penile pump and the left is the sphincter. Take care everyone and let me hear from anyone who needs advise on this. Bluebird, thanks for the help in the past and hope everyone is well. Gotta go!!1 Now let me see, is it the left or the right???????????????????
I had to just get on here again. This is Biff and gene I hope everything goes well with you. I had my surgery last November and had everything activated last december. Let me tell you, after the surgery, I did hurt like hell. It was hard for me to get in and out of bed. The Dr. implanted the two devices through my scrotum. he made an incision at the base of my shaft and in the scrotum. he took the cathedar out the next day and sent me home on the third day. I was up and walking on that third day, very slowly I might say. It isn't anything you can't handle. Just remember the final outcome, which is where you want to be. I would like to talk to someone else who has had the penile pump. I just am not that happy with mine so far. maybe I will be after a year or so. My wife and I have only had sex about three times since activation and I have experienced some pain each time. It just seems that it is sore when I pump it up. I guess I am looking for big results that are just not happening right now. No kidding, I use to have 7 and 3/4 inches before and now can barely get 6 out of it. OK everybody, stop laughing, but step into my shoes for a while. I get tired of hearing, you are alive!!, be happy!!!, so what??!!!!. I want at least what I had. The Dr. said, no pain, no gain, so I guess I will have pain for a while. I have been pumping it every day till it hurts. I don't know what my future holds for me but it has to get better. Just hang in there and let me know how your surgery goes. My e-mail is (edit). Hughes has been working trying to upgrade our e-mail service about the last 5 days and I have not been able to receive or send mail, but it should be working in a few more days. Take care.
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