I can't remember where I read it, but it seems that the degree of incontinence is a result of surgery; the amount of "extra" tissues removed and the spot on the urethra where it is cut and reattached to the bladder. No two men are the same, no two surgeons are the same and no two surgeries are the same (even with the same doc.) This surgery is not an exact science. Data seems to suggest that 30 - 50 kegels daily 60 days prior to surgery and 90 days post surgery assists the process, but not significantly. As I remember the article, the end result % was close with and without kegel, only the time it takes to get there was different. Kegels seem to assist the process. Yet, as others have said, too many kegels tires out the muscles you're trying to build up.
As for me, I have good days ang great days in the world of bladder control! A great day is 3 pads in 24 hours; a good day is 5 or 6. But it is getting better each week. A little wettness sure beats a prostate full on cancer!
Dad dx at 72 with Pca; RP at 73; Died 11/08 at 88 from Pca met.
3 Uncles have had Pca; 2 deceased from Pca met.
Me: Age 51: Joyfully Married; father of 7!
Routine Physical 11/07 PSA 1.73 DRE normal
Routine Physical 1/09 PSA 2.77 DRE abnormal.
1st Urologist visit 2/09 DRE normal, small - PSA 6.3!
Biopsy 3/17- St. Patty's Day! 3 of 12 cores positive with 5-8% Pca
3+3 Gleason; Visit Johns Hopkins 3/26/09 and decide for surgery.
Lapro RP 6/29/09; discharged 6/30/09
Cath out 7/9/09 Gleason unchanged 3+3;
"Larger amount of cancer" than expected.
Organ confined Pca, positive margin as "artifact" of surgery.
All other tissues clear.
7 wk psa 8/20/09 - 0.05
"We walk by faith, not by sight."