I've gone from about 10 pads daily to 3, and most of the progress (reduction in leakage) has taken place in the past two-three weeks. I saw my Urologist/Surgeon again last week and he has told me then, and before, that most of his patients see real progress/improvement during the 3 to 6 month post-op period . . . and that I shouldn't worry too much about it yet.
Not to worry? Easy for someone not dealing with the matter to say. I have learned, however, how to handle the changing of the pads issue. I travel with extra pads and, if necessary, excuse myself from a discussion or meeting so that I can quickly go to the men's room to change a pad. I also, sometimes, change out in public when I can't get to a bathroom - and I'm not too shy about it anymore. I find a place off to the side somewhere, reach in - and change the pad. One, two, three . . . it's over quickly and nobody sees.
Creativity. We become creative.
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
Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days
Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon
Post-op Gleason's: 3+3, Tertiary 4
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 (getting better, though)
Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08
Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)
PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0; 12/08: 0.0