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Lee's Story & Implant Surgery at Duke/Dr. Lentz.
« on: June 16, 2021, 09:48:49 AM »

I've already introduced myself in the Introduction forum, and now posting here as I await my pre-surgical appointment with Dr. Lentz at Duke, August 19th, 2021.

I'm 64, married. I have BC/BS Anthem insurance. I've chosen Dr. Lentz as he is a four hour drive away from me. Due to my job in county government, I can't be very far away from my work, and will be using my vacation time for the surgery and will stay one week afterwards nearby Duke until follow-up appointment.

I'll be honest here and say my issue started as far back as my late teenage years when I noticed that during masturbation I wasn't getting that big. During my college days in Engineering and Law school, this affected my confidence with women.
I managed to marry my wonderful wife at 32 and experienced about ten years of good sex with adequate length for penetration but had premature ejaculation issues. We managed to have children during that time. After I hit my forties, Erectile Dysfunction/vascular leakage became a real issue and the premature ejaculation became worse. I noticed my girth and length getting smaller. I saw a few Urologists then who did nothing but recommend Viagra which helped a bit and I carried on that way through that decade with less sex and burgeoning confidence/performance issues.

In my early 50's, I could no longer have regular intercourse. My length and girth and Erectile Dysfunction/PE/vascular leakage issues were getting severe. I saw a new Urologist who diagnosed Peyronie's disease and did an ultrasound which showed substantial scar tissue. When given the injection to cause an erection during the ultrasound, I got no erection at all. The Doc was surprised by that. I have an upward curve bend to my penis. Unsure of degree. Will post that info when I see Dr. Lentz.

At the age of 57 I saw another Doc in Atlanta who started me on a vacuum pump, cock rings to use, daily Cialis, and a good amount of T, and various supplements I have stayed on and which did help up until a year ago. Even with these, I still never got enough length for good penetration-only minimal (an inch or two)- and couldn't hold an erection for long-maybe two or three minutes with a cock ring after using the pump.

I saw Dr. Lentz in my late fifties, and back then the only pump available was the kind, I believe, that you pumped up from the outside. My wife was really afraid of infection and refused to be a party to that type of risk. So we declined and while intimate in other ways, we could not have intercourse. My wife read a few months ago about the Titan implant and that now implants are much safer, and here we are. Right now, I use the pump daily just to keep blood flowing to my penis for a few minutes each day, scared not to do that.

This morning when I measured myself after using pump and erect before I lost it, I had 5 inches length and 5 inches of girth in the middle. I don't know how much more length an implant will give, hope to have information from Dr. Lentz on that as well at initial appointment.

This surgery is very important to me. I have never been able to be spontaneous in sex, never been able to just enjoy it without performance anxiety and worry. I've never known what it's like to have a good degree of confidence.

I do want to mention that my condition with Peyronie's is probably genetic. My father had Dupytren's in his hands, back, and feet and required surgery. We found letters to my Mom after his death while clearing his things away that spoke of not being able to have sex after the age of 40 because of Erectile Dysfunction/Vascular leakage. I don't believe that Peyronie's was even mentioned to him back that far-would have been in the 1960's. I believe my daughter has inherited it to some degree, she has Endometriosis and had a hysterectomy at the age of 26 because of scar tissue buildup. My wife has none of these issues genetically on her side of the family.

I'm looking forward to your advice and wisdom here-this is a big step for me. I'm hoping others can learn from my experience as well.



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Re: Lee's Story & Implant Surgery at Duke/Dr. Lentz.
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2021, 11:03:07 AM »

I’m sorry to hear that. But it seems like you have had a fulfilling life with a wife and kid. It seems like you have done ok psychologically all these years. Were you not depressed in your 20-30’s?

At your age and condition it seems like you would do great with an implant and finally have confidence in your sex life and not have to worry about it constantly. Hope to be reading about your progress
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Re: Lee's Story & Implant Surgery at Duke/Dr. Lentz.
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2021, 11:17:39 AM »

Lee ;

   what kind of surgery you are going for? Do you know about the sliding technique?
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2021, 09:20:35 PM »

I was somewhat depressed, but coped. Very busy in the early years of my legal career. I met my now wife and she was very understanding--her father had been involved in a mining accident and spent some years not being able to walk and when he could, well, nothing worked well waist down.

I've never heard of the sliding technique. I'm hoping for one of the Titan implants, based on research.

I was offered the implant once before years ago by Dr. Lentz, I don't foresee a problem now going forward unless my insurance throws me a curve ball.



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Re: Lee's Story & Implant Surgery at Duke/Dr. Lentz.
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2021, 10:30:02 PM »

Keep using the VED to maintain or even gain a little size.  The implant is depended on to add any size.  You might gain some size if you have a leading surgeon who aggressively sizes.

Best of luck to you, and keep us posted.

PS: I personally would not consider surgery other than a standard implant surgery unless more size is absolutely a must-have at all cost.  The recovery is much longer, the chance of infection higher, and the surgeon selection far fewer.  On top of that, we have no successful accounts of those surgeries.  If you get a properly installed implant, you will be in about the best sexual shape of your life, and you will soon forget about whether you could have possibly gained 3/4" of an inch with some other procedure.

We are here for you.  Be sure to keep us posted. 
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Re: Lee's Story & Implant Surgery at Duke/Dr. Lentz.
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2021, 09:01:39 AM »

Lee, thank you for sharing such an informative background history.
I as you will read took the plunge 2 years ago and received a Titan implant that restarted my sex life.
Because of the Peyronies Disease I went from over 8” to barely 6” and with the Titan now have a solid 7.
My spouse and myself were more about increasing my girth as that took a big hit because of the Peyronies Disease too.
My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
When in my youth, I had terrible skin issues and also developed osteoarthritis. Having been a biology major at the university, I understood genetics and decided early on, not to spread my defective gene pool by getting the tubes snipped.
My oldest brother and myself both decided not to have children, whereas my other siblings did.
Both brothers have had Peyronies, sisters both had breast cancer as did mother. Mother lived to 100, father not so fortunate.
I believe Peyronies is much more rampant than people believe, but most men just give up and do nothing. I in fact was told by 3 urologists in early 2000’s, there was nothing I could do. That is outrageous. I have never been a quitter, so I struggled needlessly with less than satisfactory surgeries until I discovered this site and found Dr Lentz.
Dr Lentz did a great job for me.
I recently heard his support staff were a little less responsive, but I don’t know if that was a one time thing or not.
Any issues I had were immediately addressed.
But I found this forum to be the most informative and generous. 
Please accept my gift of prayer that you shall receive what you need.
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Re: Lee's Story & Implant Surgery at Duke/Dr. Lentz.
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2021, 09:13:16 AM »

Hawk--thanks for the advice. This morning with my wife's help I got better measurements after using the vacuum pump.
Length: 5 3/4".
Base Girth: 6.0
Middle Girth: 5.0
Head Girth: 4.0
Left curve to upright penis, I'd say about 3 O'clock.

I have been doing much reading in these forums, and found that Trazadone helps with nighttime erections, which I'm not aware of now. I was on that to help with sleep several years ago and going to call my doc, ask for a new script. Can't hurt. There won't be anything much more for me to post till that August appointment but I'll be reading in the forums here. Any advice on anything else I can do in the meantime is appreciated.

Stepone: Thanks for your post. I'll be prepared to deal with Dr. Lentz's staff. That is one reason after reading your implant post that I'll be staying nearby for the 7-10 days it takes to get that first post-surgical appt done, and in case there are any problems that arise. I had the same problem with Urologists telling me nothing could be done as well. Part of the issue I've waited so long is that I felt there wasn't much hope and put it out of my mind until I learned that the implants were safer now. At my age, and getting an implant, if it lasts at least ten years, I'll be 75 and will have been a happy man. As technology increases, who knows what is next for better implants down the road. Thank you for the prayer.
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Re: Lee's Story & Implant Surgery at Duke/Dr. Lentz.
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2021, 09:23:43 AM »

I highly recommend that you first focus on the HIGHLIGHTED Sticky topics at the top of the implant forum.  If you study those, you will go in better informed than 99% of his patients.

PS: There is just something about the term "Sticky" topics on a penis forum that does not appeal to me  :D
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2021, 10:14:32 AM »

I had my second appointment with Dr. Lentz at Duke this past week.  I had pretty much decided to go forward with the penile implant surgery but was still apprehensive. When I had my first appointment with Dr. Lentz in 2017 he impressed me as a competent and knowledgeable physician.  But the doctor I saw this past week had those same qualities plus brimming confidence in what the surgery could do to help me solve my erectile dysfunction issues.  I guess that is what happens with a doctor who has now successfully performed hundreds of the surgical procedures per year that is literally transforming the lives of many men.  His confidence sealed the deal for me.  He explained the procedure thoroughly to me, even drawing a diagram of how the surgery is performed. I am going with the Titan Coloplast implant.  I am scheduled for the implant surgery on October 11, 2021.  In light of issues with COVID, he is now doing the surgery primarily on an outpatient basis with no over night stay at the hospital unless absolutely necessary.  He told me I had very little fibrotic plaque.  It was present but not very hard or rigid, and that he could tell I had been working with the pump as I still had good flexibility in the penis.  He generally performs the surgery using an incision at the bottom of the scrotum, the scrotal approach(I think that is what he said).  In that my job is primarily sedentary in nature, I could probably return to work in about 7 to 10 days after the surgery.  One issue I have not resolved is whether to go straight home after surgery (I am scheduled for his second procedure that morning) or to spend a night in the area. I live five hours away from Duke, so I will be staying overnight near Duke the day before the surgery.  Dr. Lentz explained that I would have a drain that would need to be removed three days after surgery.  If I cannot pee on my own in the recovery area I would have a catheter that would need to be removed the day after surgery.  He explained that I would have a "mummy wrap" with my penis somehow secured in an upright position against my abdomen area.  So I could really use some tips on how to pee in that predicament.  My wife has had nursing training and is working towards her RN degree and I have a daughter three hours away who is an RN.  So I am not worried about getting good care at home and was thinking I might be better off to try and get home as soon after the surgery as possible.  But I am definitely open to suggestions on this issue from other members of the Board.  I want to express my appreciation for all the information that this forum has provided to me in this very special journey to recover a very important part of my manhood.  Hawk your dedication to this Board is amazing.  Thank you for your help and guidance.  I realize that this will not be a piece a cake and that trying and painful days await me for some time following surgery but I am locked in --damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead.  I will do my best to keep a detailed journal that I hope may be beneficial to others in the future that come to this Board for information on options in dealing with Erectile Dysfunction and Peyronies disease.

P.S.-from Lee's wife: Hello Everyone! You might see me post a bit here in the early hours after Lee's surgery until he can do that for himself. We were very impressed with Dr. Lentz, but his nurse is very competent and knowledgeable herself, and came in to speak to us about pre/post op instructions. She did not mince words and explained Lee would be very swollen, very bruised, and in pain. Dr. Lentz told us he uses a pain cocktail mix of two different anti-inflammatories, a nerve medication, and an opoid. We discussed whether we should just get back home as quickly as possible before the anesthesia wore off too much, or if we should stay overnight following surgery. She thought with Covid as it is in the area, it might be best to get quickly back home-but we are open to suggestions based on previous experience.

A note to wives/girlfriends: I know you read here, because I found the forum and alerted my husband to it. Please, if it has been a year of more of no sexual intercourse, or you are in menopause, see your GYN. It is very important that you ready yourself for sexual intercourse once more-either by dilating devices and/or hormones. I am very lucky to have found a GYN that treats men now as well as women, is knowledgeable about penile implants, and is helping me through estrogen replacement and other possibilities. It's been ten years since the last time we had unaided sex, so lots of work to be done.
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2021, 11:31:38 AM »

I also forgot to add that my first re-check will be in 3 weeks for stitches removal and a check-up on the healing process -that re-check is with his nurses. My job is to keep the pumping mechanism pulled down into the scrotum after each time I urinate. The nurse told me if I had any issues, that the nurse triage desk was available, and at night and weekends, the Urologist at Duke on call. I can also message Dr. Lentz at any time. At six weeks I have my final check-up and clearance to begin to try to have sex again.
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2021, 06:48:39 AM »

Best of luck Lee1979! Also to your awesome wife who is at your side you are what we men need to keep us in our right mind!! You are going to make it through this don't despair!
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2021, 10:10:53 PM »

Congratulations, Lee, not only on your decision to address your issues but on having a wife who considers this a couple's issue and not just your issue.  I encourage her to make an account since she would be a huge asset to other wives and husbands facing these issues.

I came straight home from surgery.  That is a 4 - 4 1/2 hour ride.  While it would have been far better to have lived 2 hours away, I think I could not have done it the next day. 

Keep in mind that I was awake and had a spinal block.  It was the first one I ever had, and it absolutely sold me on them.  I think they block pain longer post-op.  There is no groggy feeling, no nausea, etc.
The only downside is that you feel awesome and are ready to go, but your legs won't work, and they made me wait until I could walk out the door on my own.  I knew this would happen and that I was racing a clock, so I put a cane in the car and had my wife bring it to me.  I think that bought me about 15 to 30 minutes.  My block was wearing off as I got home and climbed a flight of stairs.

Another issue is because it TOTALLY eliminated the pain; I think I was not careful as I should have been.  I should have fully reclined on the way home and used more ice.
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2021, 06:46:49 AM »

Hawk---Thank you for that very helpful information on the issue on whether to attempt to go straight home after surgery.  I will follow your advice and head straight home as soon as they release me post-op.  You are absolutely correct I am blessed with a very understanding and supportive wife who has really stuck it out with me through "for better or for worse".  Now we both have the solid prospect of moving back into the "for better" part of our marriage.  I will post again the day before surgery.  I failed to note earlier that Dr. Lentz told me he implants the Titan Coloplast approximately 55% of the time as opposed to the Boston Scientific AMS.     I really appreciate all the great information and support this Board provides.  Lee
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2021, 07:44:12 AM »

Lee, congratulations on your decision to move forward.
We all heal at different rates and we all experience pain at different levels.
That being said, let your body guide you through this procedure and do as your body tells you.
You are so fortunate to have a great wife that just happens to be a great nurse too. You are blessed!
Sorry I missed your earlier posts. I don’t understand why I don’t get alerts of posts, so I manually have to check this website.
Stay in touch and prayers will be coming your way in October.
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« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2021, 10:41:15 AM »

  As I approach my surgery date of October 11, 2021 with Dr. Lentz at Duke several questions are coming to mind.  I will proceed on my belief that there are no stupid questions, just unasked ones.  Does anyone have recommendations on a brand of athletic supporter and/or compression underwear to keep my cock pointing straight up against my body post surgery?  Also any tips on techniques for peeing post -op and during the healing process with what I understand is a partially erect cock pointing straight up would be greatly appreciated.  I plan to come straight home post-op.  Duke is now doing the implant surgeries on an outpatient basis due to the continuing issues with COVID.  So assuming no complications, I should be released several hours after surgery to come home.  Home is a five hour drive from Duke.  I understand it is very important to lie as flat as possible with head down and feet up for several days after surgery to prevent blood from pooling in the scrotum to prevent hematoma and infection.  Any suggestions on how I do that traveling home in a car? I feel I have two options. 1) recline the front passenger sit as far as possible but my feet would still be down. I could prop my feet on the dashboard but I would have a hard time maintaining that position for 5 hours.  2) Lie down in the back seat padded with blankets with my feet slightly elevated with pillows, with small flatter pillow for my head.  Any suggestions or comments?  Thanks in advance for advice and input.  Lee
   
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« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2021, 10:44:16 AM »

Lee, congratulations on your decision to move forward.
We all heal at different rates and we all experience pain at different levels.
That being said, let your body guide you through this procedure and do as your body tells you.
You are so fortunate to have a great wife that just happens to be a great nurse too. You are blessed!
Sorry I missed your earlier posts. I don’t understand why I don’t get alerts of posts, so I manually have to check this website.
Stay in touch and prayers will be coming your way in October.

Stepone --Thank you so much for your words of support and prayers.  As I proceed on this journey may I pm you? Lee
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« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2021, 07:28:26 PM »

Lee,  anytime you improvise, you have to think things through in great detail.  If your body is somewhat inclined in the seat and you elevate your legs, you make your buttocks and scrotum the very lowest part of your body.  Blood from both halves of the body would drain to the lowest part.  You are much better off to keep your legs down and ICE.  In any position, it is counter-productive to elevate your feet.  Ideally, laying flat with a pillow under your butt makes your scrotum and penis the most elevated part of the body.

Five hours is a long ride.  I went four hours with the residual of a spinal block.  I felt I got home just when I was starting to feel the discomfort.  By the time I got in the house and walked a flight of stairs to the bedroom, I knew I was pushing the envelope some.

Make sure you get an ice bag something like this -> https://www.ebay.com/itm/384287563502?chn=ps&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&amdata=enc%3A1mfrJLLbOTsacdUWIZg65eQ88&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-213727-13078-0&mkcid=2&itemid=384287563502&targetid=4580702890871448&device=c&mktype=&googleloc=&poi=&campaignid=418640321&mkgroupid=1233652283797640&rlsatarget=pla-4580702890871448&abcId=9300602&merchantid=51291&msclkid=18e52165b74617f5b87b4035488e309c

If you need more ice, pull into a fast-food drive-thru and get a cup of ice to refill the bag.  I would also get a "V" shaped pillow or "U" shaped pillow with a wide opening on the open end. It lifts your legs and butt and takes the pressure off of your scrotum.  That does not help with the swelling, but it is the only solution for sitting if you start feeling pain.  A soft pillow is the WORST.  When you sit, the center will thrust up against your scrotum.

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« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2021, 07:12:52 PM »

Hawk--Thank you for the good advice and information--Lee
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Re: Lee's Story & Implant Surgery at Duke/Dr. Lentz.
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2021, 08:01:17 PM »

Well, my insurance BC/BS Anthem of Va (PPO 300) denied the pre-authorization for the surgery.  So no surgery tomorrow.  The denial letter indicated the denial was based on an exclusion in the Plan Policy.  I am going to ask that I be sent a copy of the policy exclusion.  My coverage is with a Group that is partially self-insured and uses Anthem as the third party administrator.  Anthem also provides the stop loss coverage and prescription drug card.  I turn 65 in February of 2022 so maybe medicare may be an option eventually.  I will need to work for at least another two years and will stay on my coverage through my employment since the employer pays 95% of the premium for family coverage.  So now my journey starts up a new road.  Lee
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Re: Lee's Story & Implant Surgery at Duke/Dr. Lentz.
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2021, 12:51:53 AM »

Medicare covers implant surgery with few questions.  If you get a supplemental policy, it will likely pick up everything Medicare does not cover, so you will pay nothing.

I would still appeal the insurance decision.  It will be interesting to see the wording of the exclusion.
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