I just came across this forum and thought I would join specifically for this topic. I was diagnosed in June 2008 and had nerve sparing surgery on Sept 16, 2008. I'm managing well through what I call my Quality of Life issues with Viagra assisted erections at three weeks following surgery, and incontinence resolving itself at 5 weeks. I continue to have good results with Viagra and have a very positive attitude that natural erections will get better as I continue to heal (very willing to give my body time to heal) BTW, 6 week PSA .04 ;-)
i must add my 2 cents in here as a result of your post ..
if at 6 weeks you are able even to feel any kind of erection that resambles anything from the past you ARE a blessed man , and i can almost asure you that at 18 months (when usualy recovary return to or being considered 100% time wise ) you will look back and say " how did i think to settle for what i have today "??
Most recovary path are starting at 6months and continue to 24 months out , and i am sure you will have better quality erections as wel as orgasms as time takes its course to heal your nerves
You are wayyyyy early in the process ...
patience ...Patience .. Patience an Practice as well
Good Luck and keep us posted .
April 2007 PSA 8.4 for last 6 months biopsy shows PC 3+3=6
June 13 2007 Nerve Sparing
open RP / Dr. Christopher Johnson at St. Francis Hospital NY.
4 days later home for Fathers Day, and Catheter.
Removal of catheter 10 days later , incontinence not an issue, no pads used from the get go.
1 month PSA next to not detected
ED is a longer battle:
1 month out start using occasionally Cialis and 50MG Viagra to promote blood flow with no response.
3 months and 6 months PSA not detected
ED 6 months mark starting with VED therapy and being more aggressive with meds , in addition taking Folgard supplement daily.
April 2008 : 10 month out and start seeing some serious improvements with ED while using Meds and VED , can achieve erections, Mid nights erections almost on a regular basis , and uncontrolled 90 % erections spontaneously.
1 year visit on June 13 2008 woohoooo!!!
UPDATE 1 YAER FOLLOW UP
ED: With Viagra Usable erection for intercourse , AND AT 80% without any medications !!
Fully continent since removal of catheter.
PSA one year : 0.0 as of 6/13/ 2008 BIG Wooohoooooooooo!!!!
UPDATE AS OF Dec 2008 (18 months out)
PSA stil Undetectble!!!!
No continance issues!!!!
ED Mostly getting better with oral meds and the right woman = good sex
80% without any help and 95% with oral Meds ... 100% with VED
hope to keep progressing and by 24 months get back to 100% potency WooooHoo!!!