Posted 8/9/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -7)
Confessions of a disgruntled patient. My primary objective was to regain continence. I told myself I would be happy if I achieved that goal. Well now that I'm continent I'm now reading these posts about ED with increasing interest. Viagra has not helped. I also tried a chemical that you inject into the opening of the penis. Lots of burning and painful ache, but no erection. I vasilate between saying the heck with it, but at 66 I hate to give up. So I guess I need to get info on the pump and my Urologist said his personal choice, if he ever has ED, would be injections. I guess I've been in denial and hoped it would resolve by itself. Any help in a web site that explains pumps. etc?
first biopsy was in 1997. Neg. Dx BPH PSA 5.4
second biopsy in 2001 neg again PSA 9.8
passed blood Feb 08 3rd biopsy positive PSA 14.6 Gleason (3+3)=6
Pre op Xrays, CT scans, bone scans all neg
Da Vinci surgery 3/3/08 no complications, nodes clear
Significant post op discomfort for approx one week
Daily improvement 2nd week, near nornal mobility, etc 4th week
Filled pads every 2 hours for first month, gradually improved to not wearing pads after 2 months. Whoopee!
Occasional small leak when sneezing or farting, haha
Total loss of erectile function so far, some loss of rectal muscle function also.
Currently back to 100% physically, working out, etc.
Some lingering attitude issues over lack of function. Anger sometimes, moderate depression sometimes. Feel good physically but lingering changes in emotions. Joi da vie not the same. Feel lucky overall, but emotionally flat. A vague sense of loss, diminished pleasure in life. Hope to rebound as time goes by. Survived melanoma in 2000, pacemaker in 2002. Three time winner? Doesn't feel that way.