I really think it can depend on the experience of the surgeon and maybe just plain luck. My surgeon was Head of Surgery for a number of years and has had only one case of incontinence continuing after 12 months. Of course, his words. But I was completely dry in two months after the "open Surgery".
I wore pads for two weeks after I no longer needed them (just in case) and because I had purchased a package of 50 prior to the surgery. I hated throwing so many away but what else to do with them. Also hardly ever used more than one a day after the catheter came out.
PSA 2007 4.1
PSA 2008 10.0
Diagnosed April 2008
Biopsy: 6 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
CT and Bone Scan negative
Open surgery at Shawnee Mission Medical Center May 21, 2008
Right side nerves spared
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Cather removed on June 3rd, totally dry on July 9th
lymph nodes negative
PSA Sept 28, 2008 0.00
PSA Jan 22, 2009 0.00