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Old 10-21-2004, 09:50 PM   #1
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Shortening of penis??

An old question-for those who have undergone a radical prostatectomy, have you noticed that your penis is shorter, either flaccid or erect? Have you noticed a different angle, particularly when not erect? This is a subject it seems that most urologists don't talk about, deny that it happens or sometimes admit to it, if pressed. Has anyone experienced this?
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Old 10-23-2004, 06:33 AM   #2
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Re: Shortening of penis??

Hi Posi, maybe you need stronger bi-focals. Yea, I noticed this too. I heard mention of this on another web sight a long time ago. I was always under the impresion they moved the bladder lower to compensate for the gap in the urethra made by the prostate removal. My guess is it's about a 1/2 inch shorter but for a while post surgery it was always partially retracted like I just got out of the pool, ala George Castansa. Things have improved since then and are much closer to being back to normal. The thing I find strange is when I am sitting on the toilet relaxed, it becomes large and swollen to the point it is about 50% erect. I don't think there is anything you can do about it anyway so there is never much mention of it. Later, Burmashave

 
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Old 10-26-2004, 08:44 AM   #3
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Yes - definitely shorter. When I had a vasectomy 1o years ago, I was described by my urologist as "compact". After RRP - I have to search - the old joke about got a pair of tweezers? applies to me. Several times during the day, I stretch things out and it feels better.

There were MANY things I was not told by urologist. Internet reading and talking to those that have been there has really helped.

While my continence is good, I absolutely cannot wear boxers, boxer briefs or a pair of old shorts that don't support. With these I have the urge to urinate all day.

I understand the urthrea is pulled up to the bladder - thus the space. With my partial erections, I generally feel things are "stretched" - a feeling I never had before RRP -

I work with a lot of younger guys - I advise them to get all they can every chance they can.

 
Old 04-19-2005, 05:40 PM   #4
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I swear I lost two inches, only one of which has come back. My doc never mentioned this either. I too sometimes get a semi-erection sitting on the toilet. And I can whip it up by hand to a semi-erection but cannot acheive penetration. Levitra, Viagra, help a little, but give my a big headache as I have naturally low blood pressure. Our marital sex life is over - my wife is old enough not to care, but I care a lot.

 
Old 04-19-2005, 11:06 PM   #5
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Caliche-How long ago was your prostatectomy? Is orgasm possible? Are you older? Never give up hope.
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Old 04-20-2005, 04:30 PM   #6
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Answer To Your Age Old Question I Had Surgery On Jan 25th 2005 And Yes There Is A Difference It Is A Little Shorter Not That I Had Much To Work With In The Beginning Lol Also When The Cath Was Pulled Out I Swear There Was 2 Ft Of Hose In There Seemed Like It Would Never End,,,, Proboy

 
Old 04-21-2005, 07:02 AM   #7
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This question gives me an excellent chance to address another problem, along with the "shorter member" following RRP. Yes, I was shortened. My uro took something little and left less of it. PLUS: I have a definite pronounced "pooch" just below my navel that is a direct result of the surgery.
Do any of you folks who've undergone the traditional RRP operations have this? Doc said it would go down eventually, but it's still there after 22 months. In fact, when I try to examine my penis (for whatever reason), with it being shorter and a larger mound of lower belly to look over, it's hard to see myself. Reminds me of the fat guy with a large belly standing at a urinal.
He says: "It's been years since I've seen my own penis." His pal says:"Why don't you diet?" He responds with: "What color?" Well, my situation is doubly aggravating. It puts too much lower "belly" for comfort between me and my partner, and also makes it difficult to examine myself. Yes. I'm shorter. Now: Do any of you guys still have a pronounced pooch in your lower body area 22 months after RRP? How do I get rid of it? And, I'm NOT fat.

 
Old 04-22-2005, 11:57 AM   #8
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Yes - my uro years ago described me as compact. The joke about get the tweezers - I need to pee applies. Erections - they hurt - it feels like the ureathrea is being stretched. Angle - does down count as an angle? It does not stand up anymore.

 
Old 04-22-2005, 12:03 PM   #9
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I too am 22 months past RRp surgery. Right below my navel remains sensitive - I frequently have a pulling sensation there. There is a wide purple mark for about 2 inches - then where it would never show is fine! The firm fit of an elastic waistband feels good.

 
Old 04-22-2005, 12:23 PM   #10
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I had RRP almost three years ago. I to lost abount 2 inches erect and about an inch when flacid. What little is left does angle differently (to the right) when soft.

I also have the purple line from below the navel downward. I do have a small pouch and the area is still a little sensitive.

At least we are cancer free.....

 
Old 04-22-2005, 12:40 PM   #11
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Cancer free - Amen. That is the continued hope. I don't want to lose any more body parts - I don't want to do hormone therapy.

I hope is that Rrp was a one time trip deal and we are all done!!!!

 
Old 04-27-2005, 02:25 PM   #12
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The only "pooch" I have was already there (!) before the RPP (10/4/04). I definitely see a shorter soft member, often looks like I just got out of the pool (Shrinkage!). Haven't had a full enough erection to tell for sure, but I think that is shorter, too, maybe an inch.

 
Old 04-27-2005, 05:52 PM   #13
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One of the "benefits" of using a VED is the ability to "pump it up" to what was my previous erect length, or maybe even a little more in both length and girth. But, sometimes it hurts like the dickens. (Was that a pun? No.) I, too, understand that when the prostate is removed, the surgeon has to pull up on the urethrea and pull down on the bladder, and it's the urethra that winds up making up most of the distance formerly occupied by the prostate. We're not left with as much fun , but it sure beats the alternative!

 
Old 04-27-2005, 10:24 PM   #14
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A big thank you to all who replied to my questions. I think it's good for all men reading these boards & contemplating surgery, to know what might be ahead of them. I too am definitely shorter. If you have a lot of abdominal fat, losing the fat(not all that easy) can add length to your penis.
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