Mar 30, 2011 - 3:22 pm
I am 50 yo and after almost two years of kegals and incontinence (3 to 4 full pads a day + occasional accidents), I finally had enough. I went to my urologist and asked about the sling. He indicated that the sling was for more of the slow leaker and would not be as effective for someone who leaked like I did. We then discussed the artificial sphincter. I opted for that procedure and had it done last November 2010. I love it! I can wear one pad for days if not weeks. I change my pad everyday just because, and have not yet tried to go without. I'm probably too used to wearing one at this point. My quality of life has improved 100% and I am looking forward to using it this summer during my outdoor activities. I no longer worry about being on my feet for long periods of time and no longer carry any extra pads, just in case I need to change. I no longer worry about that. When I need to relieve my bladder, I have to physically squeeze a small bulb in my scrotum which opens the cuff around my urethra, releasing the urine. It is not hard to do nor is it uncomfortable and works great. I have on occasion, stood in front of the urinal like I did before my RP and when nothing comes out finally realize that I need to squeeze the bulb. I feel almost normal again. So far, I can’t complain.