Reed, I am 44 right now. On Feb. 22nd I had a bladder sling surgery due to my incontinance. This proceedure is done with a perineal incision that ran from the the base of the scrotum down to the edge of the anus. I'm sure your incision would be about the same. For my prostate surgery I had the open RRP. I would say that the perneal incision was worse than the the RRP. It does get better but it took three to four weeks to be able to sit upright. Like the others I have not looked into the stats of incontinance and ED recovery from studies of the perineal RP. I think a second opion with a RRP or LRP (Robotic) Doctor would be a wise choice.
We all have to make the decision that is right for us.
PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear.
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.
ED workable and usable with Viagra.
Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008 Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day) All PSA's 0.00.
Feb. 4th, 2008 - Appointment with Original Dr. to discuss options and recomendation for surgical fix for incontinance.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement. Will probably try Collagen injections one more time around the first of May. If no improvement after that will start looking for a AUS Doctor.
April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection.