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mrs. c
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   Posted 9/4/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible with no nerves spared to have erections using pills, pumps or shots?  Does no nerves mean no erections of any kind or just no spontaneous erections?

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 9/4/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
No not necessarily. There are things that can help. Even implants. I know one such guy who did the implant and he says it works great. For your hhusband, he may not have sensation again, but there is still intimacy in your future.

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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   Posted 9/4/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
As a non-nerve-spared, I can report that all the sensations are still there, it's just the switch that turns the erection on that doesn't work. This means no natural erections at all, and no response to any of the old stimuli. So no spontaneous erections.

However good erections are still possible. Pump and shots work well for me -- sex is every bit as good as before.
Age 63. Other than cancer, in good health; BMI 20
Pre-op: No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores
7 March 2008, RRP, non nerve sparing
Two nights in hospital; catheter and staples out after 7 days
Continent, no pads needed from the get-go
Post Op: Stage pT2 M- N-; clear margins and lymph nodes; Gleason 4+4=8; prostate weight: 37gm
6-week PSA: 0 

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 9/5/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Mrs. C....Don't worry about this so much now....It will come in time. He is only just out of surgery, and needs lots of loving attention to other parts of his body....Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu

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