What have I gotten myself into?

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Ralph Alfalfa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 12/18/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Had a consultation with the PA at my surgeon's office about use of the Vacuum erection device. Manual model/
I'm in a study group of 40 guys with this practice to determine, through a very personal, and specific, study whether or not this impressive piece of equipment is actually beneficial to the rehabilitation of men who have had prostate surgery. They are trying to convince the insurance companies that this rather "larger than life" piece of post-operative paraphernalia is actually essential to the physical and mental well-being of the patient.  That way insurance would cover the cost of this incrredibly insightful invention would be borne by them.
What the heck. I'm all for it. 
I opened the box when I got home, took one look, looked at wife and kind of arched one eyebrow.  "Whaddya say, baby?  Should we give it a try? Wait! Where're you going?"
"It's for my own good and it certainly couldn't hurt you either! What do you mean the dog has to go out?"
Sigh.  Perchance to dream.
The PA told me to be sure and practice with it before surgery.  Heck.  I may never leave the house. Ah, well.  More later.
 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci scheduled for Jan. 19, 2009.Dr. Scott Montgomery, KC Urology,
Shawnee Mission Med. Center. Kansas

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 12/18/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Now what model and brand can elicit this much awe and admiration?  Maybe the rest of us are missing out on something new and radical?  tongue   Most insurance plans do cover pumps for rehab and replacement of function after surgical loss of ed, by the way
James C.         Age 61
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
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
16 mts: ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix ..35ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's: 3 mts-.04, 6 mts.-.04, 9 mts.-.04, 1 Year-.02.

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 12/18/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Just gathering scraps of info, I was tentatively planning on a combo of VED and pills post-op. Seems like VED might take the place of morning woodies and oxygenate the 'system'. Pills, well, pre-op, G-d's gift to man, look up the hilarious Robin Williams skit on Viagra.

Didn't know *when* to start though. Thought maybe 4-6 weeks out, some healing but well before it gets dusty. NOW I find out I should have been sucking on my wanger all along.

So much to learn.

Good luck from one Bob to another. It's pretty close for me now.
The past is gone, the future yet to come.
This moment, here and now, is nothing less than the totality of existence.
I can't control my life, but I can influence this moment.
Age 59
PSA 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 at yearly intervals
Last PSA 2.0 or 2.4 depending upon lab
Mild DRE finding (hindsight unrelated) lead to biopsy
3/08 1st biopsy, 18 core. Pathologist 1, HPIN and ASAP, 0.5mm 1 core.  Pathologist 2, carcinoma
7/08 2nd biopsy, 16 core.  Pathologist 1, 1 core carcinoma.  Pathologist 3, 3 cores carcinoma
Urologist retired.  Referred to another Dr. in same practice, not experienced enough.
Robotic da Vinci sched 12/22/08, Univ of Washington Med Center, Dr. Ellis.

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