I agree with everyone that says; “The important thing is that I am now cancer free!” All my post-op PSA’s have been “undetectable” and for that, I am truly thankful.
I am so happy for those men that fully recover after PC surgery, and don’t have to worry about getting an erection because all their equipment works just like it used to before surgery. Unfortunately, for many of us, that is not the case, and we need to find a solution for that side of the side effects. I still consider myself a man that is young at heart, and frankly I was not ready to give up on a solution that provides me with a satisfactory sex life, and a solution that will work for the rest of my life.
I used Cialis, Viagra and Levitra. Cialis worked best, but none of them alone provided an erection that was equal to pre-surgery. I used Tri-Mix shots, and those worked almost too good. I eventually settled on using the ErectAid pump in combination with Cialis and that worked the best for me. Regardless, anyone that has used the pump, the oral medications, or the shots, knows that they all come with their own issues.
Frankly, none of these solutions provided me with a solution that I wanted to use for the rest of my life. Therefore, I eventually decided to go for the "ultimate" solution in March '09. I decided to go for a Penile Implant. I can’t tell you how happy I am with this decision. This has been the only solution that has given me the ability to have an erection that feels “normal”, works “every time”, and allows me to maintain my erection for as long as I (we) chose for it to last. I never have to worry about “losing it” any more. It is actually as easy for me to get a satisfying erection, every time, as it used to be 40 years ago.
If you are considering a Penile Implant and have questions, since I have been there and done that, let me know.
Pre-op Diagnosis Results – Oct 31, 2007;
- Age – 53 (turned 54 in Nov 2007)
- PSA is 3.83
- Gleason's Grade - 3+3=6, T1C
- One biopsy core (Right mid) was diagnosed with carcinoma, which was less than 10% of the tissue submitted.
- One other biopsy core (Left apex) had a "high grade parostatic intraepithelil neoplasia” (atypical cells, otherwise called pre-cancer cells).
- All other biopsies benign.
Post-op Results – Surgery Dec 11, 2007;
- Gleason's Grade - 3+3=6, T2C
- Cancer confirmed on Right mid and Left apex
- Both nerve bundles spared, some damage to the Left bundle.
- 30 day PSA, .01
- 90 day PSA, .00
- ED treatments: Levitra, Cialis, Trimix, Erect Aid pump, Penile Implant on 3/12/2009