Here's what I've discovered about the pump.
1. No matter how much lube you put on the rim to start with, I always have to start, stop, and apply more around the rim once or twice. (Normally, it will seal on the second try). I assume that shaving would fix this, but I'd personally rather use this method than shave.
2. Before the pump does much, I have to try and mix in some sort of 'arousal'. This ain't easy to do, because pumping is about the most non-sexual thing you can do involving that area of your body. But, after some practice, it can be done. Personally, I get twice the results with arousal than I do without. For some, it may be beneficial to include your wife.
3. Take your time. You may need to pump some, release and start again. Pump a little, wait a few minutes, and pump a little more. It often takes about 15 minutes for me to receive the full benefit.
Hope this helps.
Diagnosed at 41 by routine blood test
PSA at diagnosis: 5.1
Pre-op Gleason: 3+4=7
Post-op Gleason: 6 (different labs?)
No luck finding local experience with DaVinci
Scheduled RP at Vanderbilt: 8/06
Insurance trouble, rescheduled at Centennial Hospital, Nashville
Prostate removed 9/06
Robotic, nerves spared, no positive margins
PSA since RP: good (less than .05)
Currently suffer ED