I made an appointment for my 3 1/2 year follow-up today. It feels like another routine doctor visit now.
It took about
3 months to resume my normal physical activity and not feel like stamina was seriously missing. Continence concerns were an occasional minor leak for another month or two. A full year after surgery I went backpacking in the mountains, which was more than this flatlander had ever done before.
Recovery from ED was a longer journey, ranging from the full list of oral PDE5 inhibitors to trimix. Eventually, things turned around. It is a new normal, more variable than before. Reality is, aging may have taken as much from me by now. From what I learned about
recovery statistics from PCa surgery, any response at all 2 to 3 months puts you ahead of many.
Your challenge will most likely fall somewhere in the middle, but it is ultimately unique to you. Give each aspect of this some time and don't get discouraged if you are not in the top 10%. Some of us take a bit longer, but many get to reasonable goals. There is life after PCa treatment.
Edit to add: Signature was seriously out of date - last PSA was undetectable in fall 2014.
PSA: 3.5 to 5.1 in 3 yrs
Biopsy: 4/11, 3 of 12 +, G6
RALP: 7/11, catheter 6 days
Path: G6, 56g, <5% cancer, neg margins
Pad free by 6 weeks
PSA undetectable thru 3/13
Oral meds needed occasionally at 2+ years
Post Edited (Explorer59) : 3/30/2015 9:25:33 PM (GMT-6)