Thank you James C. and David for responding.
I looked for this website to ease my frustration (and possibly give me some advice) with respect to my current challenge of incontinence. From the date of the surgery (12/15/2008) thru 1/15/2009, there was no progress whatsoever. Starting with the 1 mo. anniversary, I began to experience some retention at night (while prone). However, I immediately evacuate upon standing. Can't stop it, and it can be a little or a lot. So, I have resorted to holding myself with my hand prior to rising. That procedure does get me into the bathroom and permits me to evacute into the toilet. This situation has not changed to date - approx. 2-1/2 mos. post-surgery, except that I also experience some retention while sitting. I must go thru the same hand procedure prior to rising, or I immediately evacuate (and I find that I am unable to stop it merely by squeezing the muscles around the penis only - I must squeeze with my fingers).
I perform kegel exercises every day (as well as perform stretching exercises and lift weights). I try to alter the kegel routine - sometimes constantly squeezing for 25 reps. per session; sometime pyramiding the reps. (i.e., 1 for 1 sec.; 2nd for 2 secs., etc.). Lately, I have tried performing the kegel exercises while standing over (straddling) the toilet.
I start biofeedback on Tues. (3/3/2009). Hopefully, they will tell me that I have not been doing the kegels properly - then show me the proper way - and the change quickly leads to continence. In the meantime, does anyone have any suggestions as to the kegel routine (or anything else) that might help me improve my situation. Thanks in advance for your attention. Incontinence has been frustrating, and questions of ED are not even relevant unless and until this incontinence is controlled.
Last PSA prior to biopsy - 11.9
Biopsy - 8/7/2008
Cancer findings at left lateral and left medial apex of prostate
Gleason score - 3+3 = 6
Staging - T1c
Prostate size/weight - 128 cc./ 99 grams
Bone and CT scans - 9/12/2008 - both clear
Age at biopsy - 65 Health - Excellent (Lift weights, play golf & tennis (incl. singles))
da Vinci RP surgery - 12/15/2008 at Naples Hosp.
Surgeon - Dr. Wm. Figlesthaler
Hosp. Stay - 1 night
Catheter removed - 12/23/2008
Post-Op blood test - 2/2/2009 PSA - undetectable
Scheduled for 12 weeks biofeedback, starting 3/3/2009