A few more comments about
the Encore (And i checked thru a lot of previous old posts and did not see this anywhere). I think it will be of particular help for pumpnoobs.
electric vs manual. I could see a BIG advantage of the electric is that it can be run with one hand -- I assume with manual you have to hold the tube steady with one hand and pump with the other. The electric is nice because it frees up my left hand to hold down scrotal skin from getting sucked up -- although I dunno if it is a real problem -- just from reading some of the stories about
it happening and I did not want any of that.
One other 'start up' issue for me was this:
When starting pumping up to the first 'stopping point' -- that is where it gets a little uncomfortable to continue more vacuum and Mr Penis is not lengthening anymore, i looked at this sad and short version of my former self and said "What the heck is this -- is that ALL ??" (The directions do mention if you have not had an erection in a year to pump and hold 15 second and repeat that way as a way of practicing -- but hey .. not my problem).
What worked for me was to pump until i saw no further length movement.
Then did some 5-10 fake kegels (you know the kind where you attempt to flex/pump your penis to stay hard when it is going soft--but never really works right?).
Now that I am a real PRO at this I want to amend this a tiny bit.
After the flexings you just continue again with the pumping a little more -- I now have it down to about
5 mins or less to get to the max. So I guess even those two short weeks of no stretching after surgery were enough to make it 'less flexible'. I wouod imagine a longer period of non-inflation would make it tougher still to get back up to your old length.
So far The Pump is the only game in town as far as penetration quality erections go -- meds are not doing much yet (at 5 weeks post).
Also i am not sure if it was pointed out that NO ring is needed with Encore if you are just rehabbing and not planning on holding onto the erection (so to speak!) afterwards. I think that is a comfort factor over say the Vacuret that does require a ring all the time (although the encore tube by itself does dig down pretty deep into the pubic bone area - but not a real problem).
I have been usually using the rings (two) for IC but for a rehab-only I might go without it.
Your Mileage may vary ..
Age 58, 192lbs, 6'4", 57 at DX, PSA Aug2008 7 4 ... June2007 4.7 (BPH + LUTS)
Biopsy Nov2008 1 of 12 cores 5%, Gleason 3+3 - Sona showed 140+ cc (110 grams post op) prostate size.
open RP surgery 02/03/9, Nerve sparing both sides, 1 day in hospital, Day 4 first BM,
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report - All margins clear - No Invasive spread - no change in Gleason score.
Cath out on 2/18/9, passed a STONE within hours. To be analyzed by doc.
Using pump (encore) daily since catheter out -- Viagra and Levitra samples now and then (no effect).
03/06/09 Started Levitra 20mg rehabbing.
Post Edited (JimStars) : 3/14/2009 3:01:59 PM (GMT-6)