My doc prescribed the pump and 10mg Cialis every other day. I asked how long this should go on, and the answer I got was "until you are back to normal". Although the pumping is time-consuming and the medicine is expensive, I promised myself to continue the regimen until I saw absolutely no improvement over time. There seems to be consensus that ED meds help with recovery if not actual erections early on. Early after surgery, I could really tell that the Cialis was improving blood flow down there at all times of the day. You should also inquire about
using the pump. This really seems to help restore penis size after surgery. It also ensures that the spongy tissues inside the penis get a regular engorgement of blood which is important to prevent atrophy. Although I did not receive or require it, others here on the forum have recommended penile injections not only for useable erections but for therapy as well.
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
11/04/08 One year PSA: 0.01
Still taking 10mg Cialis every other day - enjoying the results
too much to stop yet.