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Cancer: Prostate board


Ken,
Thanks so much for keeping us all up-to-date on the progress you’ve been making. I have truly been amazed throughout this entire ordeal at how similar our experiences have been since the git-go. (If anyone says this is no big deal … they are not playing with a full deck) I am now 4+ months post-op with the da Vinci robot at Fairfax (VA) Hospital with Dr. Simon Chung.

Part I – Incontinence & bladder trauma:

You and I are about the same when it comes to the pads, 3 per day on normal days and up to 6 on days when I am really active. From guys I have talked with, it looks like the 6-month mark is when things really begin to improve. My uro says the same as your doc … it can take up to 2 years, but usually doesn’t. Progress in this regard seems like it’s in slow motion doesn’t it?

I am having excellent control and am not too concerned anymore with accidents, like we were the first couple of months. I am completely dry in the mornings and have been for awhile now. I do have to watch the uncontrollable laughter, and lifting anything heavy … doing so causes a healthy “gush” which reminds me I’m still recovering. Ggrrrrr…. Ever so often, my bladder gets really tired especially after a busy day and begins to spasm, but there is no pain associated with it and little drainage, if any … just an uncomfortable feeling.

Erectile Dysfunction:

Ken, What you said about having that “hardon” and being able to have a wet ejaculation is so true, though I have yet to have that thought you expressed about letting the beast grow :wiggle: I can fully understand your thoughts though. My thoughts have been along the lines of sensing that “loss” of something really special. Something we took for granted for soooooo long, we now are going to have to work really hard for and even then, it won’t be the same. One thing for sure, the ten minute quickie is a thing of the past :LOL:

I have been doing the Cialis/Viagra thing as well with no useable erection to date. Have achieved about a 60-70 percenter while standing and even once brought it to a “dry” orgasm. Talk about a different sensation … certainly wasn’t like the old days!!! I said once, because by the time I had finished, I had rubbed it raw, even using copious amounts of lubricant. Needless to say, my next orgasm will be a long way off. :(

I am researching the vacuum devices and am pretty sure that will achieve the desired result with the use of Cialis or Viagra to supplement the pump.

Strength and Pain Recovery:

No more pain in the urethra/bladder, no pain deep in the perineal area, and no rectal sensitivity --- thank goodness those are just bad memories! I can do the hard chair sitting routine, but not for very long (I got no butt to sit on in the first place). Stamina is returning. I am back into my cycling routine and very much out of shape. The 23 pounds I lost has stayed off, so that’s is a big plus. It was a helluffva way to loose weight and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone as a weight loss method (chuckles).


RLerner:
Sounds like your dad is going through the same types of things many of us have during the post-op time. Continence is such an individual thing, but the data for open and laproscopic/robotic surgery are about the same. While many guys recover within weeks and months, the norm seems to run about 6 months to as much as two years. We learn patience during this time :D
The post-op depression is common as well. I know my attitude improved 100% once the catheter was removed and once I read the postop pathology report. Recovery is no fun to be sure, but it sure beats the alternative. Remind your dad that in a year or two, this will all be just a bad memory ... difference is (hopefully) he will be cancer free. Take care & best wishes.

Thom in VA.
To All:

Had my second post-op (just under 6months) PSA test yesterday and the result was 0.0!

Obviously, all the pain, depression, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction are worth the fact that one can look forward to the possibility of being cured of cancer.

Depression has lifted, and I'm dealing with afteraffects pro-actively. Will be seeing an ED specialist next week; and, have been down to 2 pads a day for the incontinence.

Therapy and support groups, and this healthboard have been really great and I'm glad that I've made use of the tools needed to get through this.

Best to all

Ken in CA

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Ken, that's great news. I had my surgery March 14, had a PSA test done on Tuesday (Oct. 18) and the urologist called Wed. that my PSA remains at 0...I'm thrilled.
As for the ED...I started using injections in June, found it to be terribly painful, so the doctor prescribed a VED...got that in late July, but haven't been able to get that to work...just can't keep the erection, even with the smallest rings. In the meantime, I've continued to use Edex, with great pain. I noticed that the erections have gotten about 2 inches shorter, so I asked the urologist about it, and he told me I must be developing scarring and that I must stop using the injections. So, at this point, it's back to doing without, since Cialis and Viagra don't work yet. I am having some semi erections, but nothing that I could do anything with. I remain hopeful! I hope your ED doctor will be of help.
doj
doj:

thanks, i've been using the injections for about a month, and I've suddenly developed a curvature to the right as well... :eek:

i spoke with the ed specialist's office in NY, and they said that that is peyronies disease and that they don't know where it comes from but that it is not from the injections.

frankly, i do not believe them. When I use the Vacuum ED device (which works pretty well for me with 50mg viagra) i get a fairly successful erection (better than with the injections) but the retainer ring is a bit uncomfortable.

i am thinking of discontinuing the injections; because I don't want to get scar tissue in the chambers as well; and, they have increased my dosage, but I don't really get much better hardness with that.

If I'm getting pretty good success with the VED + Viagra, i think that this may be safer, with less risk of permanent damage.


Ken in CA