Our patient education series are videos for patients dealing with Erectile Dysfunction (ED) produced by Katelaris Urology and feature Dr Katelaris as well as patients who have experience prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction.
In this video, David and Pam discuss penile implants, what they like most about it and the benefits to their relationship post implant when experiencing Erectile Dysfunction.
David and Pam Sandoe OAM, survived prostate cancer surgery and decided to have a penile prosthesis to restore their Quality of Life as a couple. David is a former National Chairman of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and Pam Sandoe OAM is a former PCFA Prostate Cancer Support Group Co-Leader at Sydney Adventist Hospital, this is their ED story.
What do you like most about the penile implant?
David Sandoe: I describe erectile dysfunction as not being able to have an erect penis for penetration. That was the case with me after I had a radical prostatectomy. After I had the treatment for the prostate cancer, I realized that, and we had very good advice from our medical specialists, that the erectile dysfunction possibility may be there and for us to stimulate the penis as early as possible. So, we went through the oral medication, and that really didn’t work, did it?
Pam Sandhoe: No.
David Sandoe: Then we went to the penile injection. That did work, and I was surprised that I was able to do it so freely in the end, but it was tedious. It works for a lot of people, but, I mean, to get the solution right and to inject yourself, it’s sort of disruptive in the lovemaking process.
Pam Sandhoe: Frequently the spontaneity goes out of the romantic side of making love.
David Sandoe: That’s right. Then we progressed to the vacuum device. And again, that worked, didn’t it?
Pam Sandhoe: Yes, that was very good.
David Sandoe: It worked, but there’s a tediousness about that, also. You’ve also got to carry your equipment around.
Pam Sandhoe: Yes.
David Sandoe: So, going through that process made our decision really pretty easy, that an implant was the ultimate solution.
Pam Sandhoe: Yes.
David Sandoe: Now that we have it, well, I’m convinced.
Pam Sandhoe: I’m convinced.
David Sandoe: You know, it’s very good, lifelong solution and our sex life now is as good as it’s ever been. That’s really important for our relationship.
Pam Sandhoe: Yes
David Sandoe: There’s no hesitation in encouraging other men and their partners to have the penile implant without putting it off. Just get on with it, after the appropriate time has been spent in looking at the benefits of penile prosthesis and talking to people. Just don’t put it off.
Pam Sandhoe: Yes. I think they just have to go through, step by step, through all the things that are out there that can be useful and used after their treatment. It’s just a matter of putting in some hard yards and then deciding no, none of these are working satisfactorily. I’ll go for the penile implant.
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