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Chuck W
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 10/3/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I'm new to the site. I have a couple of quick things. First, I saw a comment/question by someone I believe it was "Rick"? Wanting to know if anyone had the laproscopic procedure. I did, on September 8th. I am very pleased with the outcome and my progress. I had the Robotic procedure done at UCSF Hellen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center by Dr. Konety. He is one of the top in the nation and an expert at this. He did complete nerve sparing, which brings me to the second item, my question. I was so amazed at the immediate level of sensitivity, that through gentle manipulation, achieved an orgasm, (one week after surgery!). Of course, thinking that was a "good thing", continued to experiment. The orgasms continued, but have since gotten much less intense and much harder to achieve. I'm thinking too much too soon? BTW, only "very partial" erections. Not much in that area yet. Has anyone had a similar experience? Thanks! Chuck

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 407
   Posted 10/3/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Though I've not yet achieved an erection - being only approx. 22-days post-op and into my first week of cialis / MUSE, I have experienced orgasm . . . out of curiosity.  I don't expect to be trying to achieve orgasm too often in the near term, but it was reassuring to know that such a thing was possible, and what it feels like under the circumstances.

Age:  59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)

April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior

June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample

Gleason's 3+3=6

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci

Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4

Margins:  Free

Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved

Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%

Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery

Incontinent:  Yes (19 days post-op)

Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08

Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4849
   Posted 10/3/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Chuck, do you have a pump? If not you should look into getting one..It helps in the healing process.
Age 53   - 5'11'   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 07 & Jan 08 -> 1.3
Gleason - 6
(biopsy done March 4, 2008-> 2 of 12)
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 10/3/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome Chuck!

You are one of the gang from Helen Diller @ UCSF. I am about 9 weeks out from surgery and doing very well. I can get erections on my own that are usuable. With Viagra, they are the same or better than before surgery. As far as orgasms, I have found sometimes they are intense and other times feel great but are not earth shattering. Just let time go along. Things get better. I suddenly got times better this week with bladder control. It was acceptable before, but this week I suddenly got control back like I was before surgery.

And although the erection /orgasm process is different than it was before, I actually think it is possibly better. My wife comments how much longer I last and with out any ejaculate, there is no mess.. :-) .

So be patient, hang in there, and keep in touch!

Bill in the Central Valley

Don't get discouraged!!
Diagnosed Feb 2008  54 years old
3+4=7 gleason
7.5 PSA
4 out of 20 biopsies were cancerous
daVinci Robotic surgery July 24, 2008
Univ of Calif San Francisco Med Center  Dr Peter Carroll
In hospital 2 nights altho I had option of leaving the next day but stayed due to distance home.
Contained in prostate, not spread
Six weeks post surgery PSA less than .01

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 847
   Posted 10/3/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is possible to orgasm with a complete flat tire (as I know!) However it is very hard work. I find it a lot easier with an erection -- a pump is a good way of achieving that.
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 Sep 2008
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 10/3/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
please explain how the pump works?
born 1952
diagnosed with HIV 2001
PSA--ranged from 2-7
2 previous biopsies-all negative
diagnosed with prostate cancer:Sept 30, 2008
Gleason Score 3+4=7

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 10/3/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
A penis pump works by creating a seal on the pubic area, and when pumped, it creates a vacuum inside the cylinder, pulling blood into the penis, creating an erection. This infuses blood, stretches the cavernous cavities, and keeps penile tissue and function working while rehab is going on in regaining natural erections. It is used in PCa patients to do the same repair and building that is was done by nocturnal erections before losing the erection ability. Using a pump with silicone rings will hold the blood in the penis, allowing for intercourse in most cases. Most patients here will start the pump therepy at about 2 months post-surgery and continue until function is regained.
James C.
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Age 61
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08 Caverject started/stopped, aching. 2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
Present- 1 year: ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix .10ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's: 3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0, 9 mts.-0.

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