I wonder if the size issue isn't related to how much of the urethra had to be removed. I had an unusually large prostate so I figure I had a greater loss of length of the urethra -- and therfore the penis after reattachment since both "ends" had to be pulled up (penis) and down (bladder) to span the distance. Just a theory. The good news is that because of the "compaction", there has been an increase in girth! There's always a silver lining . . . Maybe the rejuvenation of the nerves is important, however, since as I've regained function, both with and without chemical assitance, it seems like the length is gradually returning to pre-op normal (but not quite there yet). I think I've read here that others have experienced the same thing. I'd be interested to hear from the Old Timers who are, like me, a year or more post surgery.
I am happy to hear that you regained function of Mr Happy a year into the process YOU are doing WELL.
I Had my
open RP just about
the same time you had yours (june 13th 2007)and now 11 months into the recovery process.
ED is somewhat still a problem but progressing well , However very slow , can achieve erection with oral meds and stimulation , and even harder erection with Pump.
I might even try the injection therapy at the one year mark when i visit my Uro again just to speed things up a bit.
hope to cross the finish line soon where like you i can be back t pre op condition without any help ...i thin the fact you had a Robotic oppose to an
open RP has to do with faster recovery being it is the less invasive route.
as far as size concern, i still can not attest to the fact that i have changed much, maybe at the first few months i felt i might as i did not see it erect yet , but using the VED i think it is the same normal size as i was pre op...
Hope that information helps
Good Luck !!! and keep us posted !!
April 2007 PSA 8.4 for last 6 months biopsy shows PC 3+3=6
June 13 2007 Went for
open RP with Dr. Christopher Johnson at St. Francis Hospital NY. with nerve sparing of both sides.
4 days later home for Fathers Day, and Catheter.
Removal of catheter 10 days later , incontinence next to nothing, no pads used from the get go.
1 month PSA next to not detected
ED is a longer battle:1 month out start using occasionally Cialis and 50MG Viagra to promote blood flow with no response for 6 months.
3 months and 6 months PSA not detected
ED 6 months mark starting with VED therapy and being more aggressive with meds , in addition taking Folgard supplement daily.
April 2008 10 month out and start seeing some serious improvements with ED while using Meds and VED , can achieve erections, Mid nights erections almost on a regular basis , and uncontrolled 90 % erections spontaneously.
1 year visit on June 13 2008 woohoooo!!!
UPDATE: 5/12/2008 ED:
With Viagra Usable erection for intercourse after about
11 months out !!!woooohooooo