AUS Update

Trew
Trew Member Posts: 931 Member
I had an appointment at the U of MI this morning and Dr. Latini is going forward with surgery. I should get a date tomorrow. The recall on the AUS was lifted last week. The time was perfect.

Dr. Latini cautioned me that many men even after getting an AUS installed still have to wear a pad or two a day.

Finally!!
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  • mattmans5
    mattmans5 Member Posts: 70
    good luck
    Hope all goes well
  • Old-timer
    Old-timer Member Posts: 196
    Bravo!
    Three cheers for the good guys! Way to go, Trew. Keep on trucking!
  • Trew
    Trew Member Posts: 931 Member
    Surgery Date is Aug 5
    Details will come in the mail.

    I finally have a date.
  • mrspjd
    mrspjd Member Posts: 694 Member
    Trew said:

    Surgery Date is Aug 5
    Details will come in the mail.

    I finally have a date.

    Great news!
    Wishing you smooth sailing from here on out, with the wind always at your back. Be well.
  • guards
    guards Member Posts: 72
    WOOHOOOO
    Damn I thought your appt. was today so I waited to visit Great news best wishes and prayers my friend. Hope yours works as well as mine only times I leak is when I cough
    and then its just a spot on my shorts. I don't even wear one of the light pads now its like GREAT LOL. I hope your post surgery is a little better than mine was but even if it aint its worth the discomfort to be free again. keep us posted.
  • Trew
    Trew Member Posts: 931 Member
    guards said:

    WOOHOOOO
    Damn I thought your appt. was today so I waited to visit Great news best wishes and prayers my friend. Hope yours works as well as mine only times I leak is when I cough
    and then its just a spot on my shorts. I don't even wear one of the light pads now its like GREAT LOL. I hope your post surgery is a little better than mine was but even if it aint its worth the discomfort to be free again. keep us posted.

    Guards,
    I remembered some of your difficulties. I asked Dr. Latini some interesting questions in the examine room yesterday, like, have any of your patients had to go to the ER to be catherized after getting home? She said not to her knowledge. I think Dr. Latini has a very gentle touch. I suppose she handles the scoping as well as it can be done. And I have never had a doctor seem as interested in me as she is. I am impressed with Dr. Latini, very much.

    so now it is just waiting for August 5 to get here. I am so excited in a convoluted way. I sure can't explain it. I just know I am moving further away from the old normal, but then, maybe not.

    Oh, I asked Dr. Latini about the AUS that plays "don't worry, be happy" when the flow button is pushed. She found that amusing, but, no, that model is not available.

    and WOOHOOOOO it is!
  • VascodaGama
    VascodaGama Member Posts: 3,511 Member
    Trew said:

    Guards,
    I remembered some of your difficulties. I asked Dr. Latini some interesting questions in the examine room yesterday, like, have any of your patients had to go to the ER to be catherized after getting home? She said not to her knowledge. I think Dr. Latini has a very gentle touch. I suppose she handles the scoping as well as it can be done. And I have never had a doctor seem as interested in me as she is. I am impressed with Dr. Latini, very much.

    so now it is just waiting for August 5 to get here. I am so excited in a convoluted way. I sure can't explain it. I just know I am moving further away from the old normal, but then, maybe not.

    Oh, I asked Dr. Latini about the AUS that plays "don't worry, be happy" when the flow button is pushed. She found that amusing, but, no, that model is not available.

    and WOOHOOOOO it is!

    A gentle touch
    Trew
    I think that her interest in you is that of a “patient under the knife”.
    Hope all goes smooth on a ”.. gentle touch..” as you wish to dream of.

    Wishing you a successful surgery.
    VG
  • lewvino
    lewvino Member Posts: 1,010
    Trew said:

    Surgery Date is Aug 5
    Details will come in the mail.

    I finally have a date.

    Wishing you the best
    Wishing you the best Trew!

    lewvino
  • JR1949
    JR1949 Member Posts: 230
    Trew said:

    Guards,
    I remembered some of your difficulties. I asked Dr. Latini some interesting questions in the examine room yesterday, like, have any of your patients had to go to the ER to be catherized after getting home? She said not to her knowledge. I think Dr. Latini has a very gentle touch. I suppose she handles the scoping as well as it can be done. And I have never had a doctor seem as interested in me as she is. I am impressed with Dr. Latini, very much.

    so now it is just waiting for August 5 to get here. I am so excited in a convoluted way. I sure can't explain it. I just know I am moving further away from the old normal, but then, maybe not.

    Oh, I asked Dr. Latini about the AUS that plays "don't worry, be happy" when the flow button is pushed. She found that amusing, but, no, that model is not available.

    and WOOHOOOOO it is!

    Good Luck
    Good luck, my friend. I hope all goes well for you. I know you have been waiting for the AUS for a long time. I wish you smooth sailing.

    JR1949
  • Trew
    Trew Member Posts: 931 Member
    JR1949 said:

    Good Luck
    Good luck, my friend. I hope all goes well for you. I know you have been waiting for the AUS for a long time. I wish you smooth sailing.

    JR1949

    The view from the Inside
    I'm talking bladder and urethra here. I have seen the inside of mine more that I really wanted to. I was told at me last appointment I will be scoped a few more times, too. I have been spot bleeding, more or less, off and on since radiation. the inside of my bladder is clean, but it has little blotchy patches on the tissue that at are, well, to me they look like tiny abrasions. Dr. Latini is not concerned right now. radiation makes a change in the tissue.

    I am two weeks from surgery.

    Oh, I was wondering, if you have had radiation, what does the inside of your bladder look like?

    I need to get my medical alert ID ordered. We did cover that at the last visit, too.
  • Joeg
    Joeg Member Posts: 13
    Trew said:

    The view from the Inside
    I'm talking bladder and urethra here. I have seen the inside of mine more that I really wanted to. I was told at me last appointment I will be scoped a few more times, too. I have been spot bleeding, more or less, off and on since radiation. the inside of my bladder is clean, but it has little blotchy patches on the tissue that at are, well, to me they look like tiny abrasions. Dr. Latini is not concerned right now. radiation makes a change in the tissue.

    I am two weeks from surgery.

    Oh, I was wondering, if you have had radiation, what does the inside of your bladder look like?

    I need to get my medical alert ID ordered. We did cover that at the last visit, too.

    Good Luck!!
    I wish you the very best and look forward to the posts on your progress.

    I got the call last week that the recall had been lifted and my AUS surgery is scheduled for Aug. 1 at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. I am really looking forward to getting back to a dry active life at age 55. I was scheduled for AUS surgery on May 23 but I have been on hold since the recall.

    I had LARP surgery June 29, 2009. Radiation, hormone therapy and a male sling in 2010.
    My incontinence actually got worse after the sling.

    We will be able to share our operative experiences and progression of our healing over the next couple of months.

    I go for pre-op testing and meet with the surgeon to sign consents on Tues, July 26. I guess I will need to get my medical alert ID ordered, too. Just can't wait to be dry again.
  • Trew
    Trew Member Posts: 931 Member
    Joeg said:

    Good Luck!!
    I wish you the very best and look forward to the posts on your progress.

    I got the call last week that the recall had been lifted and my AUS surgery is scheduled for Aug. 1 at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. I am really looking forward to getting back to a dry active life at age 55. I was scheduled for AUS surgery on May 23 but I have been on hold since the recall.

    I had LARP surgery June 29, 2009. Radiation, hormone therapy and a male sling in 2010.
    My incontinence actually got worse after the sling.

    We will be able to share our operative experiences and progression of our healing over the next couple of months.

    I go for pre-op testing and meet with the surgeon to sign consents on Tues, July 26. I guess I will need to get my medical alert ID ordered, too. Just can't wait to be dry again.

    Joeg,
    This will be interesting comparing notes. My surgery will be 4 days after yours, so no scary stories until after the 5th, ok. No way I am backing out of this. I have had enough incontinence. I just hope and pray I am one of those who aftr surgury is absolutely dry. time will tell.

    My pre-op is this coming wed, day after yours. I am so excited!!

    And Joeg, I hope all goes well with your surgery, too. I know we are both hoping for the same outcome. Courage, my friend. this will pass, too.
  • Joeg
    Joeg Member Posts: 13
    Trew said:

    Joeg,
    This will be interesting comparing notes. My surgery will be 4 days after yours, so no scary stories until after the 5th, ok. No way I am backing out of this. I have had enough incontinence. I just hope and pray I am one of those who aftr surgury is absolutely dry. time will tell.

    My pre-op is this coming wed, day after yours. I am so excited!!

    And Joeg, I hope all goes well with your surgery, too. I know we are both hoping for the same outcome. Courage, my friend. this will pass, too.

    Good Luck Tomorrow!!
    Trew,
    I wanted to wish you well tomorrow.
    I had my surgery on Monday and spent one night in the hospital. Had a catheter in over night and it was removed before I came home yesterday. I have some pain but haven't had to take a pain pill since I left the hospital yesterday morning. I am taking it very easy, of course. I am on antibiotics for 2 weeks and will see the Dr. on Aug 16. Activation Day is Sept 6th which can't come soon enough.
    Keep the wind at your back and give us an update on how you are doing.
  • Trew
    Trew Member Posts: 931 Member
    Joeg said:

    Good Luck Tomorrow!!
    Trew,
    I wanted to wish you well tomorrow.
    I had my surgery on Monday and spent one night in the hospital. Had a catheter in over night and it was removed before I came home yesterday. I have some pain but haven't had to take a pain pill since I left the hospital yesterday morning. I am taking it very easy, of course. I am on antibiotics for 2 weeks and will see the Dr. on Aug 16. Activation Day is Sept 6th which can't come soon enough.
    Keep the wind at your back and give us an update on how you are doing.

    Joeg......
    sounds like surgery went ok for you. maybe it's not as bad as i imagined. I am waiting for a call back from the OR scheduling nurse for a surgery time tomorrow. I am just in that waiting mode right now. And waiting.

    I will be delighted to see these next 6 weeks come and go. I can hardly wait.
    All week every time I have wet pad to change I say "Yes!!" positive affirmation I am making the right decision. This is no time to go dry now.

    So how are you feeling today? How is the swelling?
  • lewvino
    lewvino Member Posts: 1,010
    Trew said:

    Joeg......
    sounds like surgery went ok for you. maybe it's not as bad as i imagined. I am waiting for a call back from the OR scheduling nurse for a surgery time tomorrow. I am just in that waiting mode right now. And waiting.

    I will be delighted to see these next 6 weeks come and go. I can hardly wait.
    All week every time I have wet pad to change I say "Yes!!" positive affirmation I am making the right decision. This is no time to go dry now.

    So how are you feeling today? How is the swelling?

    Trew....We are all wishing
    Trew....We are all wishing you the best in your surgery tomorrow! Keep us posted on your progress as I'm sure you will.

    Here's to DRY DAYS AHEAD FOR TREW!!!!

    lewvino
  • Joeg
    Joeg Member Posts: 13
    Trew said:

    Joeg......
    sounds like surgery went ok for you. maybe it's not as bad as i imagined. I am waiting for a call back from the OR scheduling nurse for a surgery time tomorrow. I am just in that waiting mode right now. And waiting.

    I will be delighted to see these next 6 weeks come and go. I can hardly wait.
    All week every time I have wet pad to change I say "Yes!!" positive affirmation I am making the right decision. This is no time to go dry now.

    So how are you feeling today? How is the swelling?

    3 days Post op
    Trew,
    I am still doing well. Swelling seems to be better today and certainly not as bad as the sling surgery. It has been wonderful not to drip since they took the catheter out on Tuesday. The Dr. said that the drip will return, though.
    I hope you are all set for tomorrow. Please let us know how you are doing. All the best to you. Dry days are coming for us and it can't come soon enough.
  • JR1949
    JR1949 Member Posts: 230
    Trew said:

    Joeg......
    sounds like surgery went ok for you. maybe it's not as bad as i imagined. I am waiting for a call back from the OR scheduling nurse for a surgery time tomorrow. I am just in that waiting mode right now. And waiting.

    I will be delighted to see these next 6 weeks come and go. I can hardly wait.
    All week every time I have wet pad to change I say "Yes!!" positive affirmation I am making the right decision. This is no time to go dry now.

    So how are you feeling today? How is the swelling?

    Best Wishes for you Trew
    Trew, If my understanding is correct you are in the hospital now post op.
    I wish you the best and dry days ahead. You truly deserve the AUS after all the anquish you have gone through to get to where you are today.

    You are in my thoughts and I wish you the wind at your back.

    jr1949
  • Trew
    Trew Member Posts: 931 Member
    JR1949 said:

    Best Wishes for you Trew
    Trew, If my understanding is correct you are in the hospital now post op.
    I wish you the best and dry days ahead. You truly deserve the AUS after all the anquish you have gone through to get to where you are today.

    You are in my thoughts and I wish you the wind at your back.

    jr1949

    The Deed is done!
    Saturday afternoon, after a 23 hr layover at the U of MI I can now report I am tender, somewhat swollen, the drip has been slowed to a standstill, and I have a brand new AUS 800 parked inside me waiting to be activated in 6 more weeks. I understand the dripping will return in a few days as swelling goes down, but for I am just enjoying no dripping and the body part.

    Dr. Latini had 4 AUS patients Friday- i was first up on her schedule. This morning I was in the overnite holding tank next to one of other 3. A very nice guy. We both agreed we could not find a personable doctor than Dr. Latini. We both agreed what is a very awkward situtation for any man to be in, she had a very calming way in her approach that was very reassuring and comforting.

    her report to my wife after surgery was that everything went perfectly. I expected to expereince more pain than I have, and more swelling. Dr. Latini told me this morning the swelling would come, I probably wouldn't be disappointed. But this the good news: The AUS is now installed. Finally. I feel drugged, tired, sore, but I have an optimystic hope I have not had since that first uro in Lansing killed it. I compare that first doctor in Lanising and Dr. Latini and I think they come from different planets.

    If I tell you I'm sitting on a donut typing this- do you know what I mean? :)

    Everyone who has been sharing your expeeinces with me and your encouragement and support- THANK-YOU VERY MUCH.
  • Joeg
    Joeg Member Posts: 13
    Trew said:

    The Deed is done!
    Saturday afternoon, after a 23 hr layover at the U of MI I can now report I am tender, somewhat swollen, the drip has been slowed to a standstill, and I have a brand new AUS 800 parked inside me waiting to be activated in 6 more weeks. I understand the dripping will return in a few days as swelling goes down, but for I am just enjoying no dripping and the body part.

    Dr. Latini had 4 AUS patients Friday- i was first up on her schedule. This morning I was in the overnite holding tank next to one of other 3. A very nice guy. We both agreed we could not find a personable doctor than Dr. Latini. We both agreed what is a very awkward situtation for any man to be in, she had a very calming way in her approach that was very reassuring and comforting.

    her report to my wife after surgery was that everything went perfectly. I expected to expereince more pain than I have, and more swelling. Dr. Latini told me this morning the swelling would come, I probably wouldn't be disappointed. But this the good news: The AUS is now installed. Finally. I feel drugged, tired, sore, but I have an optimystic hope I have not had since that first uro in Lansing killed it. I compare that first doctor in Lanising and Dr. Latini and I think they come from different planets.

    If I tell you I'm sitting on a donut typing this- do you know what I mean? :)

    Everyone who has been sharing your expeeinces with me and your encouragement and support- THANK-YOU VERY MUCH.

    Great to hear you are doing well!!
    Trew,
    So good to hear from you. Glad you are doing well.
    I am still doing good. I was out of bed all day today. Mowed the grass on a riding tractor, waxed a couple of panels on my truck and still not dripping. What a wonderful feeling! I am sure the dripping will start again, at some point, but I am enjoying every moment in this state. I know we both are praying that in 6 weeks or less we will not have to worry about this problem again.
    I can relate to the donut. -:) I used one when I had the Advance sling but I have not needed to use it for the AUS surgery.
    Take it very easy and keep us updated on how you are doing.
  • guards
    guards Member Posts: 72
    Trew said:

    The Deed is done!
    Saturday afternoon, after a 23 hr layover at the U of MI I can now report I am tender, somewhat swollen, the drip has been slowed to a standstill, and I have a brand new AUS 800 parked inside me waiting to be activated in 6 more weeks. I understand the dripping will return in a few days as swelling goes down, but for I am just enjoying no dripping and the body part.

    Dr. Latini had 4 AUS patients Friday- i was first up on her schedule. This morning I was in the overnite holding tank next to one of other 3. A very nice guy. We both agreed we could not find a personable doctor than Dr. Latini. We both agreed what is a very awkward situtation for any man to be in, she had a very calming way in her approach that was very reassuring and comforting.

    her report to my wife after surgery was that everything went perfectly. I expected to expereince more pain than I have, and more swelling. Dr. Latini told me this morning the swelling would come, I probably wouldn't be disappointed. But this the good news: The AUS is now installed. Finally. I feel drugged, tired, sore, but I have an optimystic hope I have not had since that first uro in Lansing killed it. I compare that first doctor in Lanising and Dr. Latini and I think they come from different planets.

    If I tell you I'm sitting on a donut typing this- do you know what I mean? :)

    Everyone who has been sharing your expeeinces with me and your encouragement and support- THANK-YOU VERY MUCH.

    Finally
    Its really suprising the difference in doctor's . Joel had a catheter for the first night and will be activated in just 4 weeks. You apparently had none same as I. It sure woulda been nice in my case. You will wait 6 weeks same as I did. If you don't get any blockage the rest is easy , That was my only problem the rest was minor discomfort so sounds like it all down hill now bud. Glad you were able to finally get here !