Feb 11, 2013 - 1:37 pm
In an attempt to solve a continuing incontinence problem (2.3 Depends Pads per day) on Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013, Dr. Anthony Stone http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/facultybio/urology/187 installed an American Medical Systems AUS 800. I am 81 years, had RPS ten years ago at another Medical Center, with a <.01 PSA level since. Surgery was at 1:30 P.M. at U.C.-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. On prior surgeries I had general anesthesia. The anesthesiologist suggested that a spinal would be easier on the recovery. We did the spinal. I walked the hospital floor square early the next morning and was discharged at 11:30 A.M.
I've been taking Hydrocodone for pain relief three times per day. But after five days I'm backing off to twice per day. Hydrocodone makes me a bit wobbly and sleepy. I'll see the Urology clinic later this week for a "wound check" and in six weeks for activation of the system.
On my first visit in December, after Dr. learned of my amount and type of incontinence he said the solution was either the AMS AdVance Sling or the AMS800. After cystoscopy, however, he said that no amount of Kegels, medications, bulking, or other treatments including a sling would have stopped the leakage. I regret not knowing that many years earlier. He showed me on the monitor where the sphincter was deformed and not closing. Then he asked if I was ready for the AMS800. I was, and we scheduled the surgery. He cautioned that while the AMS800 would be the best treatment available, there could be no guarantee that I would be dry or even near-dry. I guess we will know in six weeks.
Dr. Stone told me he has been at U.C.-Davis Med Center for 28 years!