My truths and my concerns:
As one can tell from reading my history below, I too am in recovery from DaVinci Prostatectomy. I am 64 and am approaching one year anniversary of my surgery February 5th. My PSA's to date have all been undectable.. and I thank the Lord for that as this is my first priority. I am about 95% cured from incontenence, what remains is uncontrolled dripping when I squat or when standing and having a couple of beers. This is my second priority and am pretty much satisfied with incontenence issue but still doing Kegel in hopes I can strengthen my sphincter control.
Regarding sex after the surgery, there was no intercourse until my tenth month when I began using Trimix. Up until that time it was manual stimulation only by myself and between my wife and I as I progressed through the different stages of Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, Muse and the pump. The Trimix allows me to experience intercourse with a wonderful climax but only with help from my wife supporting my penis. My erections are not as strong and upright they use to be and not able to remain inside without her assistance..another minus. But you do what you can...
There were no erections for ten months, some swelling but no erections. The pump was OK but reections did not stay and the rings were not good. For a male this not healthy nor fulfilling for any degree of satisfaction. Climax without an erection is OK, but just an erection alone by itself without any intercourse or climax is a human need and ultimate physical completion for a male. This is nature and the way it is. It's like stretching your muscles for exercise, if you can't stretch completely because of physical conditions the body always lies in a state of need without resolution.
My libido cycles on an about one week basis where we use to say "horny" as kids. This is human nature for most all males wether or not they admit it. The call is there no matter what age and I do need intimacy with my wife even without intercourse. So today I have the call, what do I do with it? I have no natural erections, the only med that helps is Trimix. And YES, I would prefer natural erections on demand and I could also settle with a pill for life. BUt so far not the case and I am beginning to get discouraged but not hopeless. We have to continue moving forward. I do not plan at this time to have any implants down the road so if I do not recover I will most likely stay with Trimix as long as I can. I'll take what I can get and live it...I can do that.
I would like to see responses from those that have had DaVinci and have recovered to natural erections and in what time frame after surgery. Any real stats or inputs on this?
From the little I know I would believe the New York Times article.
I pray we can all recover from the cancer and have strength to deal with rest.
64 years old 100307; healthy; active,
married 41 years, good strong erections before surgery.
DaVinci Prostate Removal February 5, 2007
2/12 samples malignant.
Catheter removal 2/13.
Viagra 25mg every other day from 2/14 to 5/12.
Tried Viagra 100mg on occasion-no erections.
Incontinence almost gone after three months.
No pads, occasional dribble.
Lavitra every other day 5/12 to 7/22.
Muse 1000mcg - no help (50% at best).
Cialis twice a week 7/25 to 11/6/07.
Vacuum pump daily/twice a day 8/2 and going - no help.
Begin Trimix injections, two low dose per week, 11/05/07.
Currently, vacuum pump and low dose Trimix twice per week each.
Trimix in office - 0.10cc. Low dose set at 0.05cc
First drug induced erection 10/8/07....Wow!
Natural erections - 0 as of 10/25/07.
PSA's, three to date undetectable. Thank God!