Well, just to add my story - 6+ months out from surgery, still use 1, maybe 2 pads a day - but the difference is I can do just about
anything I want and still only use 1, maybe 2 pads a day.
ED - I probably had my first "O" 4-6 weeks after surgery. I'm getting about
a 50-60% erection now, still not usable. I'm on Cialis twice a week and I have a pump - which I need to use more. I must admit, the incontinence thing has not inspired me to rush the ED thing. But I can see that I am making progress on both fronts. Whoever mentioned "used it or lose it" is probably correct. I was slow getting started on the ED thing which is probably why I am where I'm at.
One doctor told me (at the 6 week mark I think), "You are in the midst of a ONE YEAR recovery process. Work on it, but don't get too bent out of shape (ha-ha) about
anything for the first year."
RBinCountry - Congrats on going dry.
Frank1205 - Thanks for the tip on half a pad. I might be trying that soon.
Tra96 - PCa is not the end of your sex life, but it WILL be different. My modestly educated impression is (somebody correct me if I am wrong) that IN GENERAL surgery leaves most men temporarily handicapped down below, with a good chance to improve (so the function goes from poor to good); radiation leaves men functioning OK at first, but then they might poop out later (so the function goes from good to poor). With every procedure and every man there are too many unknowns to be sure about
Now that I have TOTALLY cleared that up for you, I wish you the best,
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5. PSA again in Feb '08: 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were cancerous and the 6th was suspect.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.
Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph nodes and associated glands all appear to be cancer free.
July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.
Nov 2008: PSA at 6 months was undetectable.