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light pad strategy + urethral infections incident to artificialsphincter AMS 800
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    Thomas Williams Guest

    Default light pad strategy + urethral infections incident to artificialsphincter AMS 800

    5 years on AMS 800 (artificial sphincter). Happy with it. Always have
    had a very slight leakeage, but this is undoubtedly better since I
    know the collar of the 800 isn't clamping down too hard on the
    urethra, which might damage it over time. I use a light Poise pad + a
    bunched up square of paper towel on top of the pad. The PT allows more
    comfort and economy - you can keep the whole thing cleaner thru the
    day, changing out the PT's serveral times a day. PT squares only cost
    about a penny. This is also better in case of an accident, or
    sneezing. You then don't blow your fresh pad, just a square of PT.
    Walmart is the best place to get these pads - only .12 - .20/ea. One
    problem with the 800 was that I would get infections in the lower
    urethra (you'd know the feeling if you had it - kinda of a mild
    discomfort/burning). I presume this is because without the natural
    sphincter clamping on the urethra bacteria finds a lovely straight
    shot up to the bladder, and likes the enclosed, narrow confines of the
    urethra. The infection would especially happen if the end of the pee
    pee sat in pee for awhile (e.g., due to an accident) before I could
    change it. Also happened extraneously and unpredictably from time to
    time. Also if I go to bed without freshly clean pad and pee pee it
    would get infected. Infection not that big of a deal - easily goes
    away with cleaning - just a temporary annoyance. SOLUTION: Prefenz
    hand sanitizer. Just put a little on your pee pee. It helps avoid
    infections a lot. You can get 8 oz. bottles of Prefenz through Amazon
    for around $15/ea. Available retail for about $20 from the likes of
    REI. I used one bottle from Prefenz for a year, and my tastes show a
    big protection against infection. I just bought 6 from amazon - saved
    on shipping and should store well for at least a couple years. Hello
    to all you regulars who remember my posts 5-6 years ago - hope you are
    well!!

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    Steve Kramer Guest

    Default Re: light pad strategy + urethral infections incident to artificial sphincter AMS 800

    Thomas Williams, Esq.... TDub!!! Haven't heard from you in 2 years!

    How's the PSA?



    PSA OCT 2000 @ 46
    Biopsy NOV 2000 3+4=7, T2c
    RRP DEC 2000 3+4=7), T3cN0M0, SVI, Neg margins
    PSA <.1 <.1 <.1 .27 .37 .75 PSAD 0.19 years
    EBRT MAY - JULY 2002 @ 47
    PSA .34 .22 .15 .21 .32 PSAD 0.56 years
    Lupron started JULY 2003 @ 48
    PSA .07 .05 .06 .09 .08 .132 .145 PSAD 1.40 years
    Casodex added JUL 2006 @ 51
    PSA <0.1 since Next draw AUG 2012 @ 57
    Illegitimati non carborundum




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    5 years on AMS 800 (artificial sphincter). Happy with it. Always have
    had a very slight leakeage, but this is undoubtedly better since I
    know the collar of the 800 isn't clamping down too hard on the
    urethra, which might damage it over time. I use a light Poise pad + a
    bunched up square of paper towel on top of the pad. The PT allows more
    comfort and economy - you can keep the whole thing cleaner thru the
    day, changing out the PT's serveral times a day. PT squares only cost
    about a penny. This is also better in case of an accident, or
    sneezing. You then don't blow your fresh pad, just a square of PT.
    Walmart is the best place to get these pads - only .12 - .20/ea. One
    problem with the 800 was that I would get infections in the lower
    urethra (you'd know the feeling if you had it - kinda of a mild
    discomfort/burning). I presume this is because without the natural
    sphincter clamping on the urethra bacteria finds a lovely straight
    shot up to the bladder, and likes the enclosed, narrow confines of the
    urethra. The infection would especially happen if the end of the pee
    pee sat in pee for awhile (e.g., due to an accident) before I could
    change it. Also happened extraneously and unpredictably from time to
    time. Also if I go to bed without freshly clean pad and pee pee it
    would get infected. Infection not that big of a deal - easily goes
    away with cleaning - just a temporary annoyance. SOLUTION: Prefenz
    hand sanitizer. Just put a little on your pee pee. It helps avoid
    infections a lot. You can get 8 oz. bottles of Prefenz through Amazon
    for around $15/ea. Available retail for about $20 from the likes of
    REI. I used one bottle from Prefenz for a year, and my tastes show a
    big protection against infection. I just bought 6 from amazon - saved
    on shipping and should store well for at least a couple years. Hello
    to all you regulars who remember my posts 5-6 years ago - hope you are
    well!!


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    Thomas Williams Guest

    Default Re: light pad strategy + urethral infections incident to artificialsphincter AMS 800

    On Nov 12, 3:35*pm, "Steve Kramer" <skra...@cinci.rr.com> wrote:
    > Thomas Williams, Esq.... *TDub!!! *Haven't heard from you in 2 years!
    >
    > How's the PSA?


    Hi, Steve, it's fine, thanks. Suprised you remember me, thanks for
    that too. Nice to see you and IP still here (in the forum, I
    mean) . . .

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    I.P. Freely Guest

    Default Re: light pad strategy + urethral infections incident to artificialsphincter AMS 800

    "Thomas Williams" wrote

    > I use a light Poise pad + a
    > bunched up square of paper towel ... infections.


    I'd be very tempted to skip the paper towels for a while and see whether
    the infections clear up. Fresh urine should be sterile, but is not
    intended to surround an orifice in a warm environment for hours.

    > Nice to see you and IP still here (in the forum, I mean)


    Yes ... I'm still around (in the forum) ... unfortunately (in the sense
    that I still need support). Let's hope for *my* sake that I'm still here
    helping some people, irritating some if necessary, and waging the fight
    many years from now.

    I.P. Inpads

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