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Old 08-30-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
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Path to Potency

I am very curious as to how everyone regained erection. What were the triggers for you? How did you battle the mental hurdles as well as the physical challenges? And most importantly, how old are you and how long did it take post-op?

Sorry lots of questions, but thats why we are here i suppose.

my story: 43, 5-1/2 months post op. Viagra 2x/wk, ErecAid (not to be confused with "Eric Aide". THAT was a great story!), 48% firm with oral meds and no pumping; improved length and girth with pumping, barely sneaked in penetration last week before i lost all ridgidity using the pump and restriction ring. Tried it again a few days later and failed drastically.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:42 PM   #2
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i'll be eagerly reading this thread. i hope you get lots of replies.

 
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:35 PM   #3
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Oh boy, I'll be here too. 49yo no problems before the surgery, at this point 5 weeks postop Davinci, a little bit of dribble, one pad per day, some expansion upon playfulness but (alass) nothing approaching an erection at this point. Hard wishes all around. Scott

 
Old 09-01-2007, 06:36 AM   #4
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Thanks Scott!
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Old 09-01-2007, 03:33 PM   #5
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I am 44 yo. I had open surgery four months ago and I am still using 1 pad/day.

No erections so far. Occasionally I use the pump. I also tried 20 mg Levitra three times, but all I got was a headache. Next week I will see my GP for Cialis.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:40 PM   #6
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mtl - ya, gotta love those headaces. i get them too.

keep the faith as hard as it is at times.
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:13 AM   #7
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46 years old 5 months post op, no erections yet, was on 10mg levitra, now given 20mg and yes hot blushes and sore head but no stiffness, although a little bit of reaction, also given muse pellets to try, has anyone used these?

 
Old 09-04-2007, 07:29 PM   #8
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HI guys, just thought I would weigh in on this. Background:I am 52 yrs. 30 months post-op. Gleason 3+3=6 before and after surgery. PC confined to prostate (yea). First psa was 0.04 as have been since, 4 the 1st year, 2 the 2nd and now I am yearly. This is as low as the lab my Doc uses results go. As for the other goes the first year was very slow even with meds. The 2nd year was better some good some bad. Then about 23 months out it was like flipping on a switch. Now I hardly use my Cialis. Guys don't give up hope because it takes time for the nerves to heal. Good luck to all.....David

 
Old 09-05-2007, 06:52 AM   #9
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dms55 - thats interesting you say "flip the switch" becuase my MD said its like watching a snail race then 'viola' there it is. I was always under the impression this was a very gradual progression all the way to the end and there was no 'boom' its back.

Thanks for adding your comments and i encourage everyone else who views this thread to actually throw in you comments. We all learn from eachother.
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Old 09-05-2007, 01:20 PM   #10
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JJ, I have benefited a lot from your posts as we were (almost) the same age and you were one month ahead of me. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, David for the encouraging words. It's comforting to hear about some success stories.
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:14 PM   #11
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Hi :
My path was similiar to yours for first three or four months following RPP (Open Procedure) 6years ago at age 69. Was advised by my surgeon to use
all means and he meant ALL MEANS to retrain the nerves governing erections and blood flow to the penis. He prescribed 100mg Viagra or 20mg Levitra, the Osbon Erec-Aid VED,erotic aids , masturbation nd anything else to stimulate the nerves and blood supply.I should mention I had bi-lateral nerve sparing surgery by a world reknowned expert and never experienced any incontinence. Also blessed with a patient, persistent, sensitive and eager wife of over 53 years.
We progressed gradually from partial erections with Viagra and manual stimulation which could be enhanced to full firmness with the pump and maintained by the correct size constriction ring to enable successful penetration and intercourse with both acheiving orgasm. However this isn't to say there weren't a few failures along the way. If the erection softened before climax it was always possible to firm up by reusing the pump.
A large part of the success was persistence, patience and never evaluating
performance with invideous comparisons with pre-surgery sex. It will never be the same but different doesn't mean worse just different, fulfilling and more interesting since one never knows what to expect. You're young, hopefully cured of P.C. in good health and with many year of good sex to come.So do the work, don't judge and let the good times roll.
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:35 PM   #12
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HI guys, just thought I would weigh in on this.
Man, is it good to hear some other stories rather than the guys who were here and most of them were running strong after a month or 2.

I'm 9 months post and not much luck at all. I actually had more reaction way back around 2 or 3 months but it declined to nearly nothing. Hopefully it is a temporary setback.

Doc had told me

6 months- no way. almost guaranteed no erection

6 months- 1 year- some reaction but still not a usable erection

12 months- should start seeing some fair erections but may not be usable for up to 24 months


btw- the muse; a friend tried it and hated it. It did not help him and caused a very uncomfortable feeling for the entire night.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:20 PM   #13
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Sorry guys but I'm watching this area to share info with my hubby.

We are also very curious as to how things progress in this area. Is there a gradual improvement or a pleasant surprise?

My husband is 6 weeks post op. I think he is doing great. Having full firmness already and we even attempted intercourse. That wasn't successful but close. He is taking 20 mg. of Cialis every other day for blood flow still so that is a regular routine. We've become very creative and we are willing to try everything. He sees the doctor in two weeks and we've decided we want to progress to VED and injections at that time also.

Is this a positive sign regarding the nerves or not?

 
Old 09-05-2007, 08:24 PM   #14
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Debbie - 6 wks? you must have a super hero on your hands. That is very very rare.

mtl - we are in this together brother....
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:19 PM   #15
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JJ, so that is a positive sign?

No real erections, but full firmness with stimulation. He is discouraged. I think this is very positive and very early. My real question is, is that a sign that the nerves will respond or are?

I have another question. Does visual stimulation return to normal after time?

 
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