-39 days stage 3

Approaching stage three…

For stage 3, erectile device, they gave me the option of two manufacturers, Coloplast and AMS. Then, for each of these companies, I had to choose between semirigid rod, three piece pump, or two piece pump.

Then I had to select mostly on my own which model I wanted. They sent me CDs and literature to review from the manufacturers, then email Quaker, Dr. Burnett’s office coordinator, about which one they needed to order in, no later than two months before surgery. I did a lot of my own reading. They will be implanting one cylinder, not two. I have had a consult with Dr. Burnett to discuss, and he really doesn’t have a preference. He will discuss pros and cons of each without trying to sway you.

Since I am not local, I am doing my preop here three weeks ahead of surgery, enough time to send it in and make sure all is received appropriately:

“We need labs which include CMP, CBC, PT/INR, a urinalysis and a history/physical within 30 days of your surgery. An EKG within the last 6 months is acceptable. A packet of information will be sent to you once your surgery is scheduled. – Quaker”

I settled on the AMS 700 LGX, so it is being ordered. I don’t really care what kind of testicular implant they pair with it. They’re all good to me.

I am not yet sure if I am staying overnight or not. I am required to stay in town 4-5 days so I can be near. I can go home after that. There is usually a one week followup, but I’m flying home and back for that next appointment, for the holidays.

Six weeks post-op they activate the device. They said a local urologist can do this, if they are skilled at IPPs (intrapenile prosthesis). I won’t need to travel for this. That’s early February for me.

I am having a meeting on a couple weeks to discuss all this with the local person I’m working with. They work in a very politically progressive neighborhood where I also work, and they were recommended to me by a trans community nurse who works for him.

Flight booked– and this time I learned my lesson to go with a no-fee-to-reschedule airline.

Ooh but I am so happy this is happening.

Small aside: The local urologist’s office thought I was a pretty woman (I’m genderfluid/genderqueer and present a variety of ways), and when the receptionist heard I was there to schedule an IPP activation he got blushy, starry-eyed, and stammery. It wasn’t creepy at all, really, just professional and sweet to know I would be treated well there.

PS Dr. Burnett is the urologist on the team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health.

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