anyone returned to previous sexual status they had before surgery

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kreplerfp
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   Posted 1/17/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 How many guys have been able to return to their old sexual status, that they had before surgery, without the use of the blue pill or injections anymore? Also is anyone having  at least the same quality, or better orgasms and erections than before their surgery, or are we doomed to take the blue pill or injections for the rest of our time? It`s a tough question, but its certainly a reality for us
 
Fred
Diagnosed Feb 08
 
PSA 6.3
gleason 3+3
T2C
first biopsy 1 of 10 needles positive
surgery Sept 18 08
bone scan negative
evidence of sinus histiocytosis?
involvement of the margins identified at right and left apex and right anterior surface
also perineural invasion
no extraprostatic extention
no seminal vesicle invasion
tumor cells aggressive features of moderate to severe pleomorphism
1st PSA nov 08 undectable
kept left side bundle of nerves but lost some of the right side bundle
also had laser surgery in July 2008 to save eye sight from glaucoma hospitalized twice for kidney stones  in summer of 2008


Bob D
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   Posted 1/18/2009 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Not there yet but pretty close. A heck of a lot better than I thought I would be
nine months ago when I went under the knife. I get a good erection naturally but
with 10mg Cialis I am there and then some. Cialis dose lasts in me for about 3 days allowing
spontanous sex. I have seen  the constant improvement since my first post op erection
five days later with the catheter still in. The feeling of penetration and orgasm are just as
great if not better than pre op. Just not as messy. turn
    1. Age 59, psa 4.7 in Jan. 08. Biopsy: one positive sample out of 13. 1% of one sample cancer. Prostate removed on 3/5/08. Open Surgery. Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville Ga. Nerves spared. Cath out 12 days later. Continence good. No pads needed since 6/10/08. First PSA: Less than 0.1 on 6/17/08. First erection five days post op and have been improving well since then. Full erection now possible (less than four months post op) with the assistance of Cialis.  Post Op Biopsy : No malignant cells in lymph node. Gleason 3=4=7. Tumor on both lobes. Urethral margins/apex free of neoplasia. Right and left seminal vesicles free of neoplasia. No invasion of prostatic capsule of the resection margins are noted by the tumor. Tumor occupies 10 to15% of the prostate gland. Path staging T2c, NO, MX- Group staging II.  Focal areas of perineural invasion by tumor are noted. 80% natural erections and full erections with 10mg Cialis. 9/22/08-Took 10mg Cialis on Monday night, had very usable full hard erection at night, the next morning, and the following Thursday morning, 60 hours after original dose !! Orgasm quality Excellent.!!!!! I am pleased with the progress so far. Married to same wonderful woman for 39 years. She is still beautiful and sexy as ever. A great help in my recovery !!:


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 1/18/2009 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fred,
It's a question everybody should ask their doctors before treatment. The fact is that most treatments will suffer some kind of affect regardless of modality. I am quoting a urologist for the second timem today: You are always at your best in health and performance before you start treatment.

For me the answer is complicated. Mostly because of all the treatments combined particularly hormone therapy. When we stop the HT, it will be good fortune to return to anywhere close to normal.

Tony
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
 
You can visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
 


Sam Benton
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   Posted 1/18/2009 2:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Fred, I sure hope so. I have not had an erection since DaVinci surgery on Nov 3rd. I know it's still early, but this is very frustrating. I am taking a quarter to half Cialis everyday and using the pump daily as instructed, but have not achieved more than about 35% hardness, clearly not enough to work with. I start injections next week. I too, am wondering if I will have to use injections, pills & pumps forever. I will say that the orgasm is back, and strong but I for one miss all the mess, maybe just because it was always part of the experience. I look forward to the day that I can achieve that erection and actually have good old fashioned spontaneous sex with my wife.

hb2006
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   Posted 1/18/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Depending upon your age and medical history, I don't think that you can return to ever not taking the pills or injections. I started on Viagra when I was 53 due to hypertension medication. Had the RP in May of 2008. The Edex injections work fine but the pain is something else so I plan to switch to Trimix soon.

However, I have noticed the noctural erections returning lately. And after doing an injection, I am semi-hard for days afterwards which I take to be encouraging. I'm also taking viagra on an every other day basis.

Based on my recovery so far, I expect to be completed with the injections in another year. Then it will only be the Viagra or Cialis.

PSA jumped to 10 in one year

Gleason score of 4+4=8

Biopsy was 50% maglignant

RP in May of 2008, all cancer removed.

 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 1/18/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   

One part did get back to normal I forgot to mention.

My wife still gets occasional headaches.  Maybe it wasn't me after all. turn

Tony


gtmriviera
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   Posted 1/18/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Age 59, surgery in Oct 2007, started out to be robotic, but problems changed that to regular.  Don't worry, the scar is fading a lot.  Erections have been possible since right after, but cialis puts a little more lead in the pencil.  The climax feels better than before and also lasts longer.  If you want to look way, way back (about a year or so) you can find the whole story, but I will just say that I am a strong advocate of surgery and the sooner the better!  I am cancer free with no chemo or radiation, but the doctor says that without the surgery I would have had maybe five years, even with other treatment.  That's just my experience.--the Riviera guy

Frank1205
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Fred,

I was not 100% before surgery so I would have to say I am better than I was before surgery for I never took a little blue pill. And now with the pill wow.  I would like to be able to cut back to 50 mg instead of the 100 mg but I dont know.  I leak sometimes during sex but just sometimes, cant figure it out.  When you stand back and look at things ,  the cancer,  my chances of a cure,  continenance,  and my sex life,  I feel truly blessed right now.  Total recovery a little slower than I thought but man I am happy just the same.

Frank


Age 54
DRE normal , 2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
PSA @ surgery 6 
Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicaly Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008, University of Chicago.
Catheter out in 7 days normaly expected leakage
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, (3+4) 10 % of both portions of prostate
Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear, single positve margin at apex measuring less than 1/2mm. 
PSA Six week < 0.1 4 month PSA <.05 6 month PSA<0.01,9 month<0.01
Watching PSA @ 3 months for 2 years,  will do salvage radiation if necessary.
Fair to Good results with Viagra,  side effects are bothersome at times. 
 


kreplerfp
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Frank

What kind of side effects do you get taking Viagra?

Fred
Diagnosed Feb 08
 
PSA 6.3
gleason 3+3
T2C
first biopsy 1 of 10 needles positive
surgery Sept 18 08
bone scan negative
evidence of sinus histiocytosis?
involvement of the margins identified at right and left apex and right anterior surface
also perineural invasion
no extraprostatic extention
no seminal vesicle invasion
tumor cells aggressive features of moderate to severe pleomorphism
1st PSA nov 08 undectable
kept left side bundle of nerves but lost some of the right side bundle
also had laser surgery in July 2008 to save eye sight from glaucoma hospitalized twice for kidney stones  in summer of 2008


Frank1205
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   Posted 1/19/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
The good and the bad effects vary greatly for me. When I take the 100 mg long after a meal I get good effects. Just after a big meal no so good just like they say. The pill seems to work fairly quickly and its not a problem. In fact I like the pill days.

The bad effects are that I can get a slight headache, flush feeling in my face, stuffy nose but these dont last long at all. Sometimes I seem to have gotton back and pelvis pain that last for a while. That seems to be less as of the last couple of months.

I truly feel like I am still healing and getting better even at 9 months maybe I'm crazy but it feels like it.

One thing I will stress is that, I screwed this up, take the pill when your told during your initial recovery. I would take mine when I would expect to have sex and then it wouldnt happen for one reason or another . If your told to take it every other day do so. It helps the healing process for that I am sure.

Frank
Age 54
DRE normal , 2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
PSA @ surgery 6 
Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicaly Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008, University of Chicago.
Catheter out in 7 days normaly expected leakage
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, (3+4) 10 % of both portions of prostate
Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear, single positve margin at apex measuring less than 1/2mm. 
PSA Six week < 0.1 4 month PSA <.05 6 month PSA<0.01,9 month<0.01
Watching PSA @ 3 months for 2 years,  will do salvage radiation if necessary.
Fair to Good results with Viagra,  side effects are bothersome at times. 
 


Pelahatchie
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   Posted 1/19/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
While eradicating the cancer has been a struggle I have had no problems sexually speaking and I am pretty much the same as I was before the surgery and salvage radiation.  I am coming up on a year since I finished the salvage so I may not be totally out of the woods sexually so to speak but so far so good.
Age 45 at DX
 
DX 8/05 Gleason 5, Mayo clinic Second Opinion Gleason 6, PSA 2.8
 
Da Vinci surgery Dr. Dasari, Centennial Nashville 9/24/05
 
Pathology Report Gleason 6, 15 % on left side only very near to the edge of capsule, too close to call on margins, doc's said to watch it very closely, final decision T2A
 
PSA's have basically ranged from <.04 to .05 for two years.
 
no E.D. and no Incontinence, feel very blessed
 
PSA Nov 07 = .06
 
PSA Dec 10th 07 =.07
 
PSA Jan 4th 2008= .1
 
Started Guided IMRT on January 7th, 2008 to treat prostate bed and lymph nodes, completed on March 6th, 2008
 
PSA April 18th 2008 =.03
 
PSA August 18th 2008 = .01 or less, test only goes down to .01


M. Kat
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   Posted 2/4/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
you can see from below what Jeff's recovery has been. we think he'll have to take pills the rest of his life, but that's OK. it's a small price to pay for being cancer free.

Tony - yes, we wives do still have headaches! you're too funny...
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump
8/07 - 1 yr PSA <0.1
9/1/07 - achieved erection with Viagra - no pump!
3/08 - 18 mo PSA <0.1
switched to Levitra - works much better than Viagra & Cialis - fewer side affects
summer of 2008 - have had a few erections with no drugs! yeah!!
8/08 - 2 yr PSA <0.1


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/4/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
M. Kat,
Your husbands stats look real good for almost being 2 1/2 years out. Congrats to him.
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9/9
 
 


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/5/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Prince, that sounds like a pretty good report you have going there. Much of your general advice is right on track, would apply to anyone having surgery and post surgery. My only negative thought, is that one can not always "will" themselves out of a medical situation. I believe in the spirit of that statement, but there are some, myself included, that had setback beyond our control, and all the wanting and wishing didn't change a thing. Sometimes what it takes is extra patience and endurance. Your remarks on the catheter sound right on too, for a seven day voyage If you followed my saga in the past, try dealing with one for 66 days, and having it put in and taken out 5 times. Not saying that for sympathy, but just trying to make a point. The final 35 days of cath time was due to complications after the fact. The first 31 were at the surgeons advice because of surgical complications.

I think you are doing great, and you do have a good attitude. Many can learn from your tips, I appreciate them too. My best to you brother of the PC.

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9/9
 
 


divo
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   Posted 2/5/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Prince of the prostate.....Great D
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
Seed implant and conformal radiation and Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06 Dr. Eastham
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK Dr. Wong
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
Catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/08
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8 2008 Dr. Sandhu
Activated Oct 28th Dr. Sandhu..MSK
Some difficulty with AUS arising Nov 10 2008
Meeting with Dr. Sandhu to discuss AUS problems and new PSA test Dec 11, 2008
PSA .6 12/08
AUS improving..only 2 pads a day and one at night
Complete hip replacement surgery Dr. Waters Gainesville, FL 1/9/09
Forging ahead to health!


Prince of Prostate
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   Posted 2/6/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Purgatory,

Thanks for your reply and good wishes. I agree that one cannot always "will" oneself out of a medical situation. That's why I said, "Will yourself to have a positive attitude and resolve to better your situation in all aspects of your health *that are in your control.* " Catheter for 66 days in and out 5 times? Ouch!!!! I wish you only the best, which you truly deserve.

Best,
Michael
59 year-old grandfather and father of two, Long Island, New York, otherwise in good shape
2005 PSA 2.2, 2006 PSA 2.8, 2007 PSA 3.5, October 2008 PSA 4.9
Diagnosed November 2008, Gleason 3:3, 3 out of 12 positive for cancer, 4 high-grade PIN, Stage T1c
CT and full body bone scans were negative
Robotic prostatectomy 1-22-2009 by Dr. David Samadi, Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC
Nerves were spared
40 g prostate, 30% of slides contained tumor
Focal involvement right inferior posterior pseudocapsular resection margin (was told the focal involvement was the size of a pinhead. It was marked for future reference in case it has to be nuked). Also high grade PIN
All remaining margins free of tumor
Seminal vesicles free of tumor
19 lymph nodes removed, all negative for tumor
Gleason upgraded to 3:4
Re-staged as T2c -- T2 the cancer was contained within the prostate


Dandapani
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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup. Here I am 7 weeks since surgery and I have exactly the same sex life as before surgery. None. wink

My wife had BC late 2005 and is now on 5 years of estrogen blocker. She has no sex drive and her "plumbing" isn't working. So my current ED is not much of a problem. cool
Dan

PC diagnosis @ 53 YO
PSA: 3.4 - 3.7 for preceeding 10 years, new GP advised Urologist visit

09/18/09 12 plug biopsy
09/29/09 PC diagnosis, 1 of 12 plugs, 5% cancer, Gleason 3+3 (6), left side plug w/cancer
12/17/09 da Vinci robotic radical prostatectomy, lab confirmed biopsy, 5%, PIN rest of prostrate, negative margins
12/29/09 catheter removed

current status: 3-4 pads/diapers a day, dry overnight, however; total ED


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Michael,
Its amazing what one can adapt to, if you have too. The last 26 days of my cath time was easier to endure than the first 40, because by then, I had two blockages, one ER visit, etc., and as much as I despised the catheters, I learned through severe pain that there were much worse things. I hope you do very well in the weeks and months ahead.

David
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9/9
 
 


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Looking at what David and Dan said, yes it is amazing at what you can adapt to.

DJ
Diagnosis at age 53. PSA 2007 about 2; PSA 2008 4.3
Biopsy September 2008: 6 of 12 cores positive; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Catheter out on 7th day, replaced on 8th day, out again 14th day following negative cystogram
Pathology: pT2c; lymph nodes negative; margins involved; 41 grams, 8% involved by tumor; same Gleason 4+3=7
PSA 1/22/08 non-detectable! 8-)


califguy
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I have a slightly different sex life than before. I can basically do whatever I did before, just maybe not as frequently. But when I do, it is MUCH better than before. I can last as long as I want and climaxes are times better. If I suppliment with a 1/2 of a Viagra (50mg) it is whenever I want and mucho better still. And even though I didn't think I could stand not ejaculating  shocked   I like that better now too!

 


Don't get discouraged!!
CalifGuy
 
Diagnosed Feb 2008  54 years old
3+4=7 gleason
7.5 PSA
4 out of 20 biopsies were cancerous
daVinci Robotic surgery July 24, 2008
Univ of Calif San Francisco Med Center  Dr Peter Carroll
In hospital 2 nights altho I had option of leaving the next day but stayed due to distance home.
Contained in prostate, not spread
Six weeks post surgery PSA less than .01
Five month PSA less than 0.1  Lab did wrong type of PSA test so this test was not as accurate.


Paul1959
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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
one year out for me, and with 100mg of viagra, sex is just about back to normal. taking a pill is just not that big a deal. Anytime I feel like complaining, I just remember the guys in my PCa support group who are dying. One benefit of using a pump is that it does seem to increase size! Most guys in my group say that it takes about a year but it keeps improving well beyond that point.
Take heart.
Paul
46 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6 (Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious)
10/07 PSA 5.06 (Biopsy 11/07 1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC www.roboticoncology.com
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report: Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
-totally contained to prostate,
-10% involvement in L & R Mid lobes
PSA 0 at nine months.
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.) Never a problem since.
ED - Took 100mg viagra every night. for several months
Totally usable erections at 10 weeks, which disappeared over the course of a month or two.
ED bounce is what they call it. Now, at one year, ED is fine with viagra.


chrisinmaine
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   Posted 2/9/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Fred, I had my surgery last July and have had pretty good success with Levitra. Like many here I am still waiting to have spontaneous erections. I do get the occasional partial nocturnal erection now and again but nothing like the good old days. The Levitra produces a usable erection about 1 in 3 times for me. I of course would like to see improvement on that :) Time will tell. All my nerves were spared but some of us just need more time than others to recover. I have not been using a pump but am considering it. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated!

Chris
Age 51
March 08 PSA prior to biopsy 6.65
PSA caught in life insurance exam.
Completely asymptomatic.
April 08 Biopsy: Gleason Grade 3+4=7
Tumor in 5 of 13 cores
July 22, 08 Radical Robotic Prostatectomy
All nerves spared
Pathology: Margins clean, Seminal Vesicles negative for tumor
Gleason Grade 3+4=7 Percent Gleason Grade 4-20% no Gleason grade 5.
First post-op PSA scheduled for 10/08
Very minor incontinence since catheter removal on 7/29
ED assisted by low dose of Levitra. So far so good.
I feel very, very lucky.
First post op PSA 11/19/08 <.02 undetectable!


James C.
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   Posted 2/9/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Chris, sounds like you may be on the edge of recovery. A pump will help in the rehab. No guarantees that it will provide an immediate recovery, but it will greatly aid in infusion of oxygen/blood into the tissue, as well as stretching and expanding the penis, to keep it from atrophying. Here's a link to a suitable, low cost model that will do the job as well as the $500 jobs do. I've recommended that model to several here and had no negative reports back.

www.vitalitymedical.com/Product/Encore-Impo-Aid-Manual-Vacuum-Erection-Device-OTC-44010001.html
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
16 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each 3 months


chrisinmaine
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   Posted 2/9/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks James! I'll check it out!
Age 51
March 08 PSA prior to biopsy 6.65
PSA caught in life insurance exam.
Completely asymptomatic.
April 08 Biopsy: Gleason Grade 3+4=7
Tumor in 5 of 13 cores
July 22, 08 Radical Robotic Prostatectomy
All nerves spared
Pathology: Margins clean, Seminal Vesicles negative for tumor
Gleason Grade 3+4=7 Percent Gleason Grade 4-20% no Gleason grade 5.
First post-op PSA scheduled for 10/08
Very minor incontinence since catheter removal on 7/29
ED assisted by low dose of Levitra. So far so good.
I feel very, very lucky.
First post op PSA 11/19/08 <.02 undetectable!


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/9/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
James, the exercise down below does seem to make a big difference. After my surgery, and during the long 2 months plus of catheter time, I was convinced my weiner was half the pre=surgery length, but I guess it was like in a coma during that recovery and cath time. Now that I am beginning to have some results on my own and giving it the occasional work out so to speak, it looks healthier, and the length even flacid appears to be about the same as before, or close to it.

David
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves saved, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05
 
 

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