I haven't been on the forum for awhile, so sorry for the late response. I have had my surgery with Dr. Patel and have been extremely happy with the outcome. In fact, I am almost euphoric about
the results. Other than the first-order consequence of not having a prostate (no ejaculate), if you were to erase my memory of the surgery, neither my wife nor I would have any idea that anything had changed! This is true for both erectile response and continence. I still take Cialis for now because, frankly, I am enjoying the situation too much to make a change for the moment. Certainly, my results are not typical, and age + luck has had a good bit to do with it. However, the predictions by Dr. Patel's were pretty much on target as far as my recovery went.
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
03/17/08 Erection quality mostly back to pre-surgery levels with Cialis;
have not tried without meds yet.
04/23/08 Second post-surgery PSA result: < 0.008 ng/ml