I had surgery with Dr. Patel almost a year ago now, while he was still at OSUMC. I did not interview any other surgeons although I did travel all the way from California for the surgery. It worked out well for me that I have relatives in Ohio who were able to help out. I am very happy with my choice in Dr. Patel and was impressed with his statistics when I first met him. My catheter was in only five days. A cystogram (x-ray of the bladder?) is used to verify that the catheter may be removed. I had an extremely good recovery that I attribute to luck, being relatively young and having a good surgeon. As part of the post-surgical therapies, I am still taking Cialis. Although I plan to try kicking it at my 1-year anniversary, I must say I am enjoying sex like a teenager. Be confident that you have made a good choice.
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
07/30/08 Third PSA: 0.01 ng/ml