Acupuncture treatment for incontinence

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   Posted 12/6/2007 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have commenced a course of weekly acupuncture treatments as part of my plan to explore all options prior to getting an artificial sphincter. 11 month post surgery still using 9 pads a day (was 6-7 but currently worse following dialation 6 weeks ago). I've had 2 acupuncture sessions so far and it's too early to see results.


59 years old
Da Vinci surgery Jan 10, 2007, nerves spared, no cancer detected outside prostate
Pre surgery PSA 8, Gleeson 3+4=7, T1C, 3 out of 12 biopsies had cancer
Complication 1: urine favoured drain tube over catheter, extra time in hospital, catheter in for 2 weeks
Complication 2 - urinary tract infection - Citrobacter (hospital bug), 6 weeks antibiotics cleared up
Complication 3 - fungal growth on genitals (candida albicans) probably from antibiotics
Post surgery PSA tests: all undetectable
Incontinence (as at Aug'07): no pad changes at night, 8 pads per day, diagnosed bladder neck stenosis

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   Posted 12/15/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey ~ Berb,

This is wonderful news…  Thank you for continuing to share your journey with all of us.  There are options and we are so fortunate to be walking with you during this time.  Please stay close and share everything!!!!  Please ~ know we care.  Keeping you close and sending extra strength to you at this time.  In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


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   Posted 1/9/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   

tongue  Quote taken from thread titled:  A Dry Christmas (Accupuncture for Incontinence follow-up)  started by loupdemer

Hi Loupdemer, Chas, KW and others.


I've just completed 7 weeks of acupuncture with no results at all.  The acupuncturist is Chinese and both a medical doctor and a qualified acupuncturist. 

Tomorrow is exactly 12 months since my operation.  There has been no improvement in my continence from around May last year when I was able to go through the night without having to change pads.  I currently use around 8-9 a day.  I've been advised that I will not recover continence at this point, and should consider an artificial sphincter. 



Berb ~


I hope you don't mind me placing this here.  This topic is too important not to have it on your thread.


I'm glad you went for treatment… now you know ~ and it’s one stone that you won’t have to look back at and say… hmmm why didn’t I try that.


Hopefully as you continue to move forward ~ you’ll take time to hook up with Jim and discuss the pros and cons with his artificial sphincter.  Remember… leave a message and he will return the call… (free program so no long distance charges for him).  Best to call after 6:30 p.m. EST…  I don't mean to be a pest... but I truly hope you'll call!  I won't say any more about it... (maybe)


Our thoughts are with you ~ and we are sure glad you’re staying close. 

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

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