No injections - am I depriving myself?

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 118
   Posted 3/11/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Since my surgery nearly 5 months ago, I have been following the doctor's ED therapy religiously. This includes both the pump and Cialis. Recently, I have been reading here that the bimix/trimix injections help with recovery of erectile function, at least with the veinous valve function. I have been blessed with early recovery of enough erectile function to have penetrative sex virtually every time with only the Cialis. (I have yet to try without.) This started as early as allowed to after surgery - at four weeks.
Even with early success, I am interested in getting back to my old self as quickly as possible and as much as possible. Other than using Cialis (which I may or may not need) the only things I can complain about is a) more manual stimulation required than before surgery, and b) more time to reach a full erection. Would I benefit further from injections, or is the cost/risk/hassle of injections not worth it in my case? Thanks
Age:45 (44 when diagnosed)
Father diagnosed and cured at age 52.
08/21/07: Diagnosed with T1c cancer
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive; 10% tissue
Gleason score: 3+3=6
PSA level prior to biopsy: 4.3 (velocity < 0.4ng/ml)
10/19/07: da Vinci prostatectomy by Dr. Vipul Patel
              Difficult surgery due to prostate inflammation.
              Both nerve bundles spared.
              Spongy erections began within 24hrs of surgery!
10/24/07: Catheter out; down to 1 Serenity pad/day next day.
              Final pathology: neg margins, no capsular penetration,
              Gleason 3+3=6, 5% tumor involvement, multi-focal.
11/04/07  First usable erection with Cialis
11/22/07  Thanksgiving - Bye-bye, pads
01/17/08  First post-surgery PSA result: < 0.008 ng/ml

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 3/12/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
CaPCA, There's really nothing to lose in trying the injections other than about $75. The needles are tiny and as you continue use them the soreness from the medication goes away and you have instant erection. I've been very happy because it's less of a production than having to do the pump and all the self or assisted stimulation. Just start out with a low cc and work your way up.
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
Biopsy - 3 of 12 (2@20% / 1@80%
Da Vinci 7/31/07 @ Duke
2.5 hr. surgery, released from Duke with in 14 hrs.
Saved both nerve bundles. 
Foley out 8/10/08
Positive Pathology Report 
Near left side nerve bundle
New Gleason 7
Oncology visit in the near future for radiation
Back to work 3 weeks following surgery - Sales
9/13/07 - 1 Post PSA Undetectable less than 0.1 
9/17/07 - Pad Free! 
10/11/07 - ED, Trimix injection .2cc Tooo much but it worked. Now on .05cc, 3 times a week
No luck with viagra or pump. 
11/19/07 - 5 mth. PSA 0.1 (Ouch)
02/11/08 - Scheduled for CT Scan and MRI
2/27/08 - Started IMRT Radiation treatments
(6 weeks, 5 days a week)  

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 626
   Posted 3/12/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
my urologist told me to take the Levitra I am using and then top it off with the injection. I am not as lucky as you as the Levitra gives me some erection but not enough for penetration. The injection does give a very firm errection. You really have nothing to lose if you can get pass the fear of injecting yourself.

Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06, 6/25/07, 1/8/08
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07

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