Hello and welcome here #13,
BTW, that is my fave number, I was born on the 13th, always lucky to me. So far, it sounds like you have done well with your surgery and recovery so far. Your post surgical pathology report is important, and let's hope it's still a low grade case of PCa. As far as ED or sexual return, you will get every possible combination and answer to that one.
For myself, I was on a catheter for 63 days after my
open surgery due to complications. My doctor left the right side nerve bundle alone and removed the left.
A week after my last catheter was removed on Jan. 19th of this year, I was able to start having natural errections on my own. At first they were in the 50-60% range, but within 2 weeks they were 100% as good and long lasting as pre-surgery. My sexual life is basically back to what it was before surgery, and my sex drive while not that of an 18 year old, but normal for a 56 year old. I have never used a pump, taking injections, or sexual aid pills for ED.
I admit, and I think most would here, that my sexual recovery is not normal, but an exception. An exception that amazed even my surgeon, my wife, and myself, and I am very thankful and hope it stays that way.
There are men here experienced with every method related to ED and sexual recovery, I am sure you ask any question you want and get good first hand experienced answers. Obviously, with your surgery only 3 weeks behind you, it's a bit soon.
Hope we see more of you here, great group of people, both men and women. It's done me a world of good to be here.
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 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, 6 month on 5/9