PAE Sept 30th

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I had mine about 10 days ago with Dr. Isaacson at UNC.  It is all very professional and caring.  No delays.  My only complaint is having to fly in from the West Coast.

The procedure is a game changer for me already.  I improved every day post proc and awoke a new man on day 8.  I am pretty stunned by how well this worked.  Post proc there were a few nights of urgency which was handled with  pain meds.  I slept like a baby.  I flew home on day four post proc and had a bit of urgency but less than pre proc. I would strongly recommend at least 3 nights in local hotel post proc.  I had sex for the first time on day 8 and just a bit of discomfort ejaculating but otherwise normal except that my erection was stronger than ever.

I can't say enough positive about Dr. Isaacson and the staff.  I was into radiology at 9 am and out of hospital at 1:30.pm.  I am still in stunned disbelief about how easy and effective this was.  Dr. Isaacson said I was a good candidate with a prostate size of 123cc.  Honesty this should scare the crap out of  the medieval practictioners called Urologists.  This was $6500 self pay and the hospital will work out payment plans.  Men who have BPH should look at this as a first option.  Let's work to get the word out to put the uros out of business.  Having read posts about their attitudes they shouldn't be practicing medicine. 

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    I'm now on day 64 since my PAE.  Guys, even if you have to set up a payment plan this is such a  great first step.  I am still getting better and completely off of Uroxatrol which can cause sleep problems.  I can have a few drinks in the evening which I haven't done in 20 years.  Most nights I get up 0 or 1 time.  My stream is very strong.  Dr Isaacson did a great job.  I just completed the IPSS questionarre with a score of 6.  My score previous to surgery was 23-25.  The FDA should approve this procedure asap but we know that won't happen.  If IR's were doing a bunch of them the price would come down maybe to $5000 or so.  What is a TURP?  I've seen $20,000.  The taxpayer is  getting screwed because most TURP's are done on Medicare.

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      David, congrats on your sucess.

      I completely agree that PAE should be the standard first step for every suitable patient.

      I had mine on Sept 28 and after 1 month my score was also 6.  Since then I have regressed almost back to where I was pre-PAE.....went to the gym yesterday, peed before I left the house, had to pee as soon as I arrived.  

      I think the culprit is my recent struggle with constipation

      Unfortunately I don't know of any information concerning maintaining the benefits of PAE.

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      The big unknown is how long it lasts but I'm enjoying it while it does.  Interesting you mentioned the gym.  A hard gym workout is the only thing that gives me a touch of urgency.  I have found taking Advil prior to workout helps and not too many core exercises.  Hopefully your regression is temporary.

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      David, thanks for the good wishes and the tip.

      So you think the urgency comes from inflammation caused by hard exercise?

      I haven't had any sense of inflammation, more a matter of position.  I have the image in mind that when there's pressure on my abdomen my bladder moves down and blocks the entrance to my uretha.

      Have you seen any information on inflammations post-PAE?

      I'll try advil.  Thanks again.

       

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      I assume when advil helps that it might be inflammation related.  I also use a product from Amazon which is pumpkin seed oil in bottles from Austria.  It reall seems to help keep the prostate healthy.  Another positive but strange affect I'm noticing recently is waking with erections in the am.  Haven't had that in decades. 

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    How have things progressed since you posted this. Did you have any side effects from the procedure, my doctor is afraid of potentially blocking an artery to the rectum or bladder.
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      Richard,

         Improvement continues.  I can hold urine for long periods where before if I held it I could barely urinate.  While the risk is theoretical about the rectum and bladder, Dr. Isaacson has done about 150 and knows how to avoid those arteries.  This changed my life and I am grateful for this procedure.

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    Well I'm now over 3 months post PAE.  Just traveled to the Galapagos Islands which required long periods with no access to bathrooms.  If you've ever been to the islands you know there are no bathrooms on land.  Everything was great.  Never had urgency in spite of drinking plenty of alcohol.  This has truly been a miracle for me and I hope other men will get the benefit.  Can someone post how we can pressure the FDA to approve this procedure?  If covered by insurance this will help the maximum number of men.

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      Hi David,

      ?    What's your now progress with your PAE procedure?

            Thanks for your posts.

           Ronnie

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      Outstanding.  This is a great procedure that has been a life changer for me.  I was a perfect candidate with a 123cc prostate.  My PSA has dropped from 10.3 to 5.0.  
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