Apr 05, 2011 - 8:51 pm
I have read a few posts that describe a different procedure than what I experienced. I had mine in November 2010, so a lot may have changed since the other posts were written. The ones I have read describe an incision from the anus to the base of the penis. Mine was actually a 2 inch horizontal incision at the base of the penis from one scrotum to the other. Doesn't sound as bad as what I have been reading. I had a catheter right after surgery but it was removed the next day. My urologist did not activate the device for 6 weeks to ensure that I healed correctly so I still wore pads till then. Six weeks couldn't come soon enough but now that it is activated... To be honest, it took about that much time to heal. I now have a new lease on life. I forget it is even there because the old sensations of needing to pee are back. No pain or discomfort and it is easy and painless for me to use. I can still activate it at a urinal but need to completely open the front of my pants in order to get my hand in position to squeeze the pump (only once). Takes maybe 10 seconds for the cuff to fill back up and I am on my way.
Again, as far as the procedure goes, has the procedure changed or is my urologist ahead of his times in surgical breakthroughs? Has anyone had a similar experience? I don't want to lead anyone seeking the AUS astray or give them bum info. May even depend on the surgeon, don't know. I can only share my experience. I am loving it and looking forward to using it this summer and in the future.