Had my first post op appointment today at Urology at 6 weeks post op, after looking through various posts in here we went armed with a list of questions. Most of these were based on advice about
when to go back to work and about
ED and erection issues.
I am a press tool engineer which can regularly involve me lifting 20 to 30 kilos (45 to 67 pounds) or all the way up to the maximum i can physically lift before i end up using the lifting equipment we have. My own doctor felt i would be ok to do this at 6 to 8 weeks which i disputed so i wanted feedback from the surgical team. The surgeon insisted i was to be off work for at least 12 weeks and to be reassessed at this point. The reason being that my Laproscopic surgery was converted to
open surgery due to me having a major hemorrhage and me being on the operating table for nearly six hours in total and having more than my total body volume in blood replaced.
Obviously there are lots of posts in here in relation to ED, natural erections returning and penile therapy using various ED medication so we wanted to know if the surgeon had performed the Nerve Sparing Technique as promised. It turned out that due to the severity of my surgery and the risks involved in keeping me there any longer, they felt it was wiser to just finish the surgery as quick as they could to minimise any more risks and they did a Non Nerve Sparing operation instead.
Now i am still here to tell you this instead of the worse possible news and i am happy about
that, BUT what dissapoints my wife and I, is that if we had not asked about
this they would not have told us. But they have said it is OK for me to start using my Caverject again in lower doses as a penile therapy to aid blow flow back into the penile tissue.
So it was a mixture of news today but i feel that i am making good progress, but dissapointed not to have my nerves spared and this potentially being kept from me, i get longer off work which is good and we start our first small steps to our sex life returning
Take care, Bob.
Prostate problems since early 40s
Ed since early 40s
April 2007 biopsy & all clear
July 2010 prostate swollen more, psa up to 5.6 August 6.7
September Biopsy again
October 7th diagnosed cancer, Gleason grade 6 at 10% mass
December 13th 2010
open radical proctatectomy
Pathology results came back Gleason grade 7 at 12% mass BUT clear margins
Catheter out Jan 5th 2011