When to start the program (pump viagra)

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted Yesterday 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
confused Im am a little slow and need it spelled out a little. I had my RP 6-15 cath out 6-28. I am still using Diapers 5-6 a day filling them. Working on Kegals. I know everybody is different but when should I start using the drugs and pump???? should I wait until I am down to a dribble?? just using a pad? I heard that could be around week 10? I hear people saying they started using at 5 weeks. I ma afraid if try now I will pee all over everything. Not my idea of sexy? My insurance will not cover anything pills or Pump I am going to order the ones I have seen on this board from India and I am going to research the pump on the website I read about here on this site also vitality medical. I wish my insurance covered something but I talked to them today and they said no sexual dysfunction is covered no matter why. Please help the slow guy out I am ready and wa
waiting. It is my wedding anniversary and I we are going to a movie. My daughter said it is funny it is a 2 diaper movie. She is as mean as I am. God bless her. This will be a very different anniversary yeah nono
48 yrs old
Robotic RP
6-15 2009

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted Yesterday 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Tim, congrats on your anniversary, enjoy it anyhow, and the best way you can. Can't help you on the ED question, but you should slowly start to see improvements on the incontinence part, though you only had your surgery a little over a month ago. Don't give up hope there, it usually changes to dry slowly before you eyes, a little at a time. Good luck and enjoy this evening.

David in SC
Age 57, 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 capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, they want to start radiation, 70 gray, I am still considering all options and opinions

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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 990
   Posted Yesterday 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I have read literature pro and con about penile rehabilitation. The following review is written by and for urologists and so is not an easy read, but it does cite most of the literature that I have found.

Should penile rehabilitation become the norm following radical prostatectomy?


Perhaps most amazing is the final conclusion
"if I had a prostatectomy today, I have
no doubt that I would be starting my penile rehabilitation
protocol tomorrow."
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted Yesterday 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   


 hey Timmy

 From what I've heard, read, and experienced-the sooner the better......as you can see in my  signature below my Doc started me the day after the cath came out, Day 11.....remember though the rehab is not so much to see if you can get it up(if you can good for ya') but to keep that blood flowing.....we all react differently to all these procedures on this wild and wacky road we're all walking...good luck

  age: 53 @ Dx, Pre-op PSA Feb 08' 5.0, April 08' 4.1
  Biopsy 5.1.08, 5 of 15 cores postive, T2a, Gleason 3+4=7
  DaVinci performed 7.29.08
  Bladder sling installed, umbilical hernia repaired during surgery.
  Path report, "cancer fully contained, margins clear".
  Cath removed 8.8.08, ED therapy begins 8.9.08
  100mg Viagra three times a week, pump for ten minutes daily
  and hold for ten minutes.
  8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg, immediate results
  9.15.08 Pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the day
  9.18.08 1st Post-op PSA Undetectable Zero's....Yes!
  12.22.08 2nd Post-op PSA  Zero's still...
  6.23.09 1yr Post-op PSA Still a zero..
  Pads gone 1.3.09, finally found the courage...Thanks ya'll
          ".....tryin' to reason with hurricane season...."

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 25
   Posted Yesterday 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgeon started me on rehab the night before my surgery. Who will ever know if made any difference for me, but as you can see in my profile it didn't hurt! I looked long and hard for the best surgeon I could find. He is renowned here in Germany, has researched and published on the issue and was convinced as a result of this work that penile rehab has to start ASAP. Of course, it is not intended to have you back in the game with your catheter still in, but the articles he showed me indicated that getting the blood flowing again makes a difference in mid and long-term recovery of function. You don't have to tackle one problem and then the next - rehab can be done parallel with continence training without getting in the way of it. Whatever the different opinions on it, no one says it does any harm. And ADC takes away the cost problem, so why not??????
46 years old (45 at diagnosis), Australian living in Germany
PSA: started around 3.5 in 2005, 6.1 at time of surgery
Biopsy: nothing found in 2006, 3 May 2007 3 of 24 cores positive, Gleason 3+3 or 3+4 depending on pathologist
RPE in Munich, Germany on 22 June 2007
Post surgery pathology: organ confined but less than 1mm from margins, Gleason 3+3, pT2c, Lymph nodes removed and clear
First post-surgery PSA 31 July 2007: 0.01 Confirmed every 3 months since. Fully continent immediately after removal of catheter on Day 8.
No potency issues but still taking small doses of generic Levitra "as required" as my security blanket.
This man knows he has been VERY lucky.

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