I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2008 and following problems with erectile disfunction fitted with an AMS LGX700 Penile Implant in July 2013.
Loads has happened and is going to happen to me and if by doing this I can help another person, partner or family who is going through a similar thing, that's cool.
Have a good read from the start, check the archives and any questions, please just ask.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Almost 5 Months - update
I have just worked it out and it’s almost 5 months since I
had my surgery – time does go by so quickly.
Although in that time my implant has certainly become part
of me and most of the time I would never know that I have it, now and then as
it’s got colder it certainly on occasions lets its presence be felt in no
uncertain terms.Like before when it’s
cold the tissue tightens, except now it tightens around two quite firm rods and
a Lego brick with a bulb at the side!!!There is no shrinkage anymore and it’s not painful but when it gets cold
boy do I know it’s there.
The heated pads that I made such a fuss about were good
while they lasted.It stated on the box that
they would be good for 100 activations - well they might have been, but not in
my case.One I could only get to heat-up
twice. The other, and this is a bit of a cautionary tale, I boiled dry trying
to return it to it’s liquid state and it exploded – smoke everywhere, alarms
sounding - goes to show you should never leave something like that alone –
What I have been using that helps in keeping everything snug
and warm and is so much safer are the incontinence pads that I used just after
surgery.They have made a big difference
to my comfort on cold days and are so much easier to use and keep in place – no
more socks needed <grin>.
Everything seems to be going ok with inflation and deflation
although when I inflate there is not always a definite “pop” of the bulb to
start with as there was.When it happens
squeezing the bulb can be quite an effort, although I am still able to inflate
properly to the full.I will however mention
it to the doctor next time I visit could be something he needs to be aware of
or it could just be that is the way it becomes over time.Anyone else having a similar thing happen to
I had not measured for a while thinking that by sight
nothing much had changed, although it has felt slightly firmer over the last
week or so. Knowing I was going to post today I measured last night and as you
can see I have gained approx ½” in length when I am fully inflated.
Fully Inflated - 1/2" gain
I came across this post by another implantee: - although having
checked the AMS website I have been unable
to verify the statement.
“An AMS LGX700 will
expand 15-20% in length, but not beyond what you normally are.
It can take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years
½” in 3 months, ¾” at 1 year and almost 1” in 18 months