I get one each visit. I asked him why, he said it was to feel for any unusual growth, changes internally in what is left of the prostate bed and the rectal wall. Any of these areas, which were involved in being cut out, could have abnormal tissue regrowth or incorrect healing, scaring, and other issues, so the exam let's him check that things are healed and staying in good condition. Just because the prostate is cut out doesn't eliminate other things happening in that area. His statement....
I think this gets back to the conversation yesterday, about
the need for them in general. If I hadn't had one after surgery, I'd ask for one. Men do tend to avoid them, and I am sure guys here breathe a sigh of relief, thinking they never have to have them again, but that's a mistake. DRE's are a central part of men's health and shouldn't stop being done. You are cutting yourself short on maintaining good health by avoiding them or not asking. Just my (strong) opinion, of course. A man should never get old enough or have enough removed to stop the need for them.
As far as differences, the only one I notice is I no longer feel the massage impulses when he does it.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing
open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
32 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, ED Continues-Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN
Post Edited (James C.) : 2/24/2010 9:09:45 AM (GMT-7)