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Had a diVinci radical prostatectomy and regret it


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Old 08-21-2017, 08:39 AM   #1
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had radical prostatectomy and regret it

I was diagnosed with cancer, Gleason scale 7. I rushed into a robotic prostatectomy. The hospital was one of the first to ever see the Di Vinci robotic procedure. They do over 20 a week. I did not even check the skill level of my doctor. AS I was going into surgery I wanted to tell him PLEASE save my nerves, but I didn't. I was told prior that I would probably need to use Cialis to get an erection after. I was so sure I would have erection function after that I refilled my prescription. After catheter removal I took 2.5 mg dose of Cialis and felt nothing. The next week I had my first appt. with my surgeon. He said the cancer had grown outside my prostate into the nerve bundle so he took everything. I will never have an erection without injections, which I have ordered already.
I never thought I would feel so down. I am 75 and had a good sex life with my wife. At our age we still had intercoarse 2 to 3 times a week. I was well hung, and now I can not hardly find my penis with 2 fingers to pee. I am very discouraged.

 
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:13 AM   #2
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Had a diVinci radical prostatectomy and regret it

I am 75 and had cancer with a Gleason of 4+3-7. The lesions were on one side and bottom. My doc suggested all the options but I did not want at that time to mess around with it. I watched all the videos about nerve sparing robotic surgery. What a Buch of BS. It really gets your hopes up. I knew there would be incontinence and a healing of the nerves process. I chose to do the prostatectomy. I had no cancer in my bones.
Going into surgery I still had not asked the doctor how skilled he was. The hospital does 20 a week and is the leading cancer hosp. in LA. I wanted to tell him I had the sex life of a 50 yr old and please save my nerves. When I came out of surgery he did not mention how the op. went. Not a good time to give bad news anyway.
At my first dr visit after surgery ,2 weeks, he tells me that the cancer had moved outside my prostate and he took all my nerves. ALL my nerves, not just one side. I guess he couldn't wake me up and say, hey , what do you want now. According to the dr, I will never get an erection without penile injections, which I have already signed up for.
What I was not ready for was the state of my penis. As a well hung man and proud of my physical condition at 75.( I hike strenuously and in top shape for my age). My penis has little blood flow , is cold and shrunken back into my scrotum. I can barely pull it out to pee and when I do I pee all over my fingers. After
this radical surgery I have to use a penis pump just to keep blood flow going so it won't die of atrophy.
I regret now not looking at other options. Just wanted to let others know that the DiVinci robot is not a save all do all and it is to late to go back.
Any advise or comments will be greatly appreciated. Thank You Really Down

 
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