Last Tuesday evening, while cuddling with my wife before she went to sleep, I experienced something I did not expect, I had what I would est. to be a 50-75% erection. I felt weird down there and checked with my hand a couple of times, it seemed convincing. My wife verified, that yes indeed, the lil fellow for whatever reason, had some life. We purposely didn't pursue anything and away it went.
I mentioned that to my doctor today, and he seemed amazed. I had him refresh my memory of the surgery, he said again, it was non-nerve sparing. He said for the left side was surgically removed for sure, and the right side, was badly scarred and damaged anyhow, and due to the difficulty of the surgery, they considered it removed, at least in a technical sense.
Regardless, he said it was amazing that I experienced anything natural down there, with what was removed, and at that point, only 4 1/2 weeks out. I assured him we were not mistaken on what was felt, so the dr. said we should be encouraged about that for future reference. Anything can happen, apperently, in this strange world of PC. Just thought it might be an encouragement to others here.
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 9-2008 14.9
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Open RP surgery completed on Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon,
Non-nerve sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8,
Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32. Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08 - uncertain of what went wrong.
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes. Left lobe: infiltrating tumor miscroscopically appears to extend to marked left posterior margin
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled for 1/5/9