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Lbelljazz
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Hello

Postby Lbelljazz » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:25 pm

good evening gentlemen I have been impotent for the last 5 years due to complications from Diabetes. I went to see a urologist in August 2018 who recommended an implant. I decided to try the shockwave treatment. I was given six weeks of treatment with no positive result. I'm so frustrated I'm going back to see the surgeon tomorrow to discuss the implant. I have done my research on this site, but need to find out how hard it is to get insurance to cover some or all of the costs, generally how long is the recovery, and how long are you bedridden after the surgery. I'm in Philadelphia and recommendations for surgeons are welcomed. Thanks for your input. 5 years without penetration is a loooong time.

clayton2526
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Re: Hello

Postby clayton2526 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:00 pm

Hi LBelljazz,

I can truly relate to what you're going through, including the shockwave treatment, (which insurance did not cover). I found it was much easier to let my surgeon's office deal with the insurance company. In my case, they had to show my treatment history, which included several medications over the years. This forum has been great for me! Although every man is different, my first two weeks were "uncomfortable", then everyday was an improvement. I am scheduled for my follow up visit on 01/22/2019. I recommend really discussing your options with your surgeon. There are several in the northeast. I further recommend that you do not hesitate to asked several questions and address all concerns you have.

I the meanwhile, I am excited about my implant, now that I am beyond the discomfort. As you will hear, and read, I should have done it long ago!

Best of luck to you,
62 years old, married 41 years. Implanted 12/04/2018 by Dr. Aaron Lentz at Duke Raleigh Hospital with Coloplast Titan 22 cm. ED for over 20 years. Used Viagra and Cialis, later injections, THEN Gainswave: ineffective.

GruffHunter
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Re: Hello

Postby GruffHunter » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:05 pm

Similar reply to clayton above.

My physician's office actually works with a 3rd party company that advocates with the insurance company. In less than 48 hours, my insurance company agreed to cover the implant, and I have a letter from them stating so.

My Implant was Jan 7. I feel completely normal as of today (Jan 17). I would say I was bedridden (or reclining chair ridden) for one week. The first few days were hell, but since day 6 or so I have been improving exponentially every day.

The key is getting a doctor who KNOWS what he's doing. I had Dr. Gross, In New Hampshire, and would recommend him to anyone without reservation. He describes himself as a 'disciple' of Dr. Eid, who I believe is in NYC, so you could easily work with either of them if you're in Philly.
Gruff Hunter, 59, Titan (24 cm + 1 inch extenders) implanted by Dr Gross, 07 Jan 2017. Gay/open marriage, Chester, VT, USA


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