Successful AUS implant (AMS 800)

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After nearly two years of high level incontinence as the result of a botched (in my opinion) Greenlight Laser procedure, I had an AUS (Artificial Urinary Sphincter) implant in November of 2017, and it has really helped me to regain some normalcy in my life.  Before, it was 8 or 10 Depends each day, or condom catheter and bag, with the time consuming process to put it on each morning, and longer time to remove it (too sticky) in the evening.

I am now almost totally dry, although I usually wear a light pad as a precaution.  I have gone through some days without the pad with no sign of leakage.  I am really thankful that I was able to find a new urologist in central NC who specializes in AUS implants.  (The initial Greenlight procedure at the hands of another urologist left me with complex strictures that had to be dealt with before the AUS could be implanted.)

I do have a remaining issue in that the total of 6 surgeries I had over two years left me impotent, something that was never an issue for me.    I guess I will have to accept the reality that being dry and impotent is better than being incontinent and impotent.   Do the medications for ED really work?  If so, should I talk to my urologist or to my GP?

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    Well Glenn77 I too suffer from incontinence I too wear depends I had 88 and only have 11 right now but soon to change, I have unfettered bowel movements, like to night
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      Thank you for your reply.  It makes me realize that many suffer from a worse condition than my urinary incontinence, which is now managed with the help of surgery.

      I would also mention that when I was using Depends, I had them shipped to my door by Costco.  The mailing was free, and they came in a plain package.  It was worth to cost of the Costco membership.

      A box of 84 (S/M size) is $42.99, or a box of 76 (L size) is the same price.  I usually got them within 3/4 days from ordering as I recall.

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    I am very, very glad for you!!!! I remember your fight for it!

    As to drugs for ED, in the past they had a slight effect on me, but it had worn off fairly quickly. Never tried a pump,

    only things like Viagra and co. With incontinence, I have come to a point where if slightly aroused, I leak, so stopped any efforts. Now I am under very strong androgen suppression too so no libido...I have had prostate cancer ever since 2002. 

    Right now I am slightly incontinent during the day, more at night, don't use catheters any more as the anticancer drug Zytiga seems to open my hydraulics...

    I am in Europe. Here whether you ask for Viagra etc it is the same if you ask your GP or your urologist. Just get a prescription. It is always worth trying. Be well! Zdz


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