I just found this site today, so I haven't much experience with the forum or the protocol. Since I had prostate surgery just 3 months ago, I'm also something of a noob when it comes to post-surgery issues. However, I'm already pretty well-versed in struggling with PC and the inevitable "collateral damage." But that's not why I'm writing.
I just wanted to say this: be as informed as you can be, make the best choices you can, and get Zen about
what lies ahead of you as quickly as possible. When I was diagnosed, I visited three highly-recommended doctors here in Austin: a Robotics surgeon, a conventional surgeon, and an oncologist (to get some impartial perspective). I went with the Robotics surgeon (Dr. Randy Fagin) not only because his success rate was superior to the conventional surgeon, but because he exuded confidence. His colleague related so many negative stories and seemed so cynical that--in spite of a stellar recommendation--he undermined my confidence in him completely. I'm a firm believer in the mind-body connection, and I had to be able to relax and trust the man who was about
to pluck out a small but important part of me.
I'm grateful to be alive, in spite of the shields and the ED. Before surgery, wife and I enjoyed a vigorous sex life (4-5 times a week on average) for the 14 years we've been together. We both miss that remarkable connection. But being alive and investigating other options together is WAY superior to the alternative.
Best of luck to you, Krisp. This seems like the kinda place where guys like us can relax and learn how to make the most of what we have to work with.
PSA readings of 5.5 and 5.6 (six months apart) prior to biopsy
Diagnosed with "aggressive" prostate cancer on (befittingly) 9-11 of 2007; Gleason scores of 7 and 8 in nine out of twelve segments
DaVinci robotic surgery by Dr. Randy Fagin on 13 December 2007; "wide margin" taken with no attempt to spare nerves
Negative pathology (woo hoo!)
Post-op PSA showed no detectable cancer
Catheter removed on 21 December
Mostly continent as of 19 March 2008
Still struggling to find the right fix for my ongoing impotence