When to start Vacuum Pump

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/12/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Guys,  Been nine weeks now since operation, nothing happening with the old fella, not responding much to meds.  My question is, and I know I must be patient, when should I start the vacuum pump, should I wait and see for a bit longer if the meds start to kick inn, or start the pump ? idea .   Achieving orgasm is not a problem, and I can achieve about a 30-40% erection at this time, is this a sign of better things to come.?
Cheers Rookey

Age 51yrs
DX 11/11/08
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
Gleason 3+4=7
Stage T1c
Robotic Surgery 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleason 4+3=7
Stage T2c
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - Extraprostatic Extentions
Dry less than 1 week (unbelievable)
ED- taking Meds/ No result yet
PSA 28/1/09 0.03
PSA 24/2/09 0.03
"Everyday in Everyway I get better"

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 194
   Posted 3/12/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   

My surgeon started me on injections and the pump 6 weeks out from surgery. My instructions for pump use was to pump untill it began to hurt a little, hold it for a few moments and release the pressure. Then repeat the process for about 15 minutes twice a day, when I am not injecting. I have found that even the number 10 ring is too painful to use so I just pump and hold.

Sounds like you are progressing pretty well and there are be better things to come in your future!
Age at DX 57
5-18-07 PSA 7.7
5-06-08 PSA 4.6  8% free psa, but stable
10-23-08 PSA 5.65 4% free psa
11-04-08 biopsy
11-11-08 2 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 3+3  6  stage t1c / post-op 3+4  7  stage t2c
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci RRP 01-09-09
Catheter removed 1-15-09
Pathology Report says it's gone!
First Post-op PSA 2-17-09   0.00

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 3/12/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Like sandstorm, my doc said 6 weeks, twice a day, 3 times or so each time, with no rings to start. Pump up and hold for a minute or so, repeat 3 times. Your 30-40% is a very good sign of success ahead....
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

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 3/25/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
30 - 40 % erection?  You are doing well.  Ask you doctor about the pump.  Probably the sooner the better.  Don't wait to ask at six months like I did. turn
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