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AUS Dangerous Ignorance Alert

Itzagift Member Posts: 11


I’m now four days out from open incision hernia repair on (left side this time). This has provided me with a fifteenth abdominal/perineum scar. I’ve been on the operating table many times since my first AUS install. The scary aspect relative to MOST of these slice and dice adventures has been the surprising number of doctors and nurses that have had no idea what an AUS is or how it works.


I long ago started wearing a medic alert bracelet stating “NO CATHETER” until AUS is locked open. Personal experience has shown one has about a 50/50 chance of medics actually following up on the instruction data included on the bracelet. This is very dangerous to your wellbeing if you are not able to communicate directly with someone who may be about to shove a foley in you.


                Because this operation was a scheduled voluntary one, I was able to tell EVERYONE associated with it to specifically write it on ALL the documents how and where to find the operating instructions. They take all “jewelry” off of you, so once you’re sedated you have to hope the personal danger to you has been well transmitted and understood.


                Worldwide there are actually very few of us with this marvelous machine making our lives so much better. Don’t let someone’s lack of knowledge take you back to incontinence.



  • Josephg
    Josephg Member Posts: 309 **
    Notifying Medical Team of AUS

    Yes, it is EXTREMELY important that your medical team be aware of your AUS, prior to going into any surgery.  I play back the 'game' to the medical team in the pre-op room, that the medical team is forced to play with you.  I ask each and every member of the operating medical team, every time that they approach me for any reason, while I'm on the gurney.  "What implant do I have that is important for you to know about?"