Hey Fatcat, I'm probably not one of the guys you want to hear from. I am one of the Long Term Leakers here on HW. Long Story short is that I am now 15 months post op and still use up to 6 full pads a day. I have tied several treatments to try to resolve my condition. I am at the point where I am considering one of the the surgical options to try to fix the problem.
Do not be discouraged by my story. Just know it can happen but there are treatments to help resolve the situation.
Good Luck, KW
PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
Biopsy Sept. 27, 2006 - Diagnosis Sept. 29 - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
RRP on Oct. 17, - Nerves on right side saved.
All Lab's clear. No Cancer outside prostate
Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006 Undetectable 0.00
Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
Feb.20th Cystoscope and 2nd Post Op PSA. Another 0.00.....:)
Dr. said everything looks fine. Continue to work Kegeal's. Leaking appears to have improved after Cystoscope?!?!?! Down to 3-4 pads per day!
March 1st Leaking has crept back up to 6 - 8 pads a day ???????
March 29th Collagen injection into sphincter / bladder neck area to control excessive leaking. Worked for a couple of days then back to leaking.
April 17th (Six Months Post Op) 2nd Collagen Injection to control excessive leaking. Leaking started back next day at work!
May 14th Second Opinion about my leaking and Options at OU Medical Center. After reviewing my records the Dr. feels I will probably need some surgical intervention to stop my leaking. But did agree to try Bio-Feedback and work hard on the Kegeal's first!
May 30th Follow up with my Dr. and 3rd Post Op PSA 0.00 agian!!!
June 1st Start Bio-Feedback to try to control my leaking.
Oct 17, 2007 1 year Post Op - Still fighting moderate / Severe incontenance. Using 4-6 pads a day. Erections usable....sometimes! Almost like before with 100mg Viagra!
December 5th, 4th post op PSA 0.01!?!?!? Is that still a 0? Still leaking!!!!
Jan. 12th - First visit to Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Accupuncture) for Incontenance.