Great to read a much more positive report. The pathology report is the most important thing of all there, perhaps the pain pills were causing some of the attitude.
Next will be the incontinence side, if you have read here often, you know it ranges from men that go "dry" instantly or in a few days, to men that are still "wet" a year or more later. Karl won't know till after that catheter is pulled out. He will have to have reasonable expectations and goals in that department.
On the ED front, the is the greatest unknown ahead of time. No way to tell you or him what to expect there. Again, it ranges from no ED at all, myself included, to men that had both "nerves" saved and still have total ED years later. Only time will tell, and you can do is hope for the best.
Regardless on the ED front, there are ways, products, and methods that bring recovery and hope to guys in any stage of ED.
Even after the catheter is removed, Karl will need to remember that he is real close to having had a major and very complex surgery in a diffiuclt area in his body. He needs to be compliant to the recovery tips given my his medical team, and listen not only to what they tell him, but he needs to learn to listen to his body, it will tell him signals if he is overdoing it.
Glad things are more positive, hope that trend continues. Glad you stuck up for your self. His cancer affects you almost as much as him.
David in SC
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days