I seem to be making pretty good progress, and I have to attribute that to the type of surgery performed by my Urologist. It's known as: "Bladder Neck Preservation", along with "Nerve Sparing".
I've been tracking everything on my PC's shared calendar, and this is the summary:
I had surgery on 12/21/17 and got out of the hospital on 12/23; -just before Christmas. The catheter was removed 12 days later, on 1/2/18. That day, I couldn't even feel myself peeing. It just came out. Later that night, the feeling returned, so I was able to get up and go.
I wore diapers most of the time for the first 2 weeks. I went through 4-9 diapers or heavy pads per day.
I limited fluid intake out of necessity.
3 weeks post surgery, on 1/15/18, I wore my last diaper, and switched to: Tena Level 3 (Super) pads, along with Depends Max Guards. By the way, the Tena Level 3's are highly recommended, even though they are typically available thru the mail.
I stopped limiting fluid intake, as these pads were that good.
4 weeks post surgery, on 1/22/18, I was using just 1 Tena level 3 (Super) pad per day.
5 weeks post surgery, on 1/28/18, I switched to Tena Level 2 (Moderate) pads. Two pads that day. These are sold at Walmart.com, and can be picked up at the store, if ordered online.
The next day, I was on just 1 Tena Level 2 pad per day.
Today, exactly 7 weeks post surgery, I'm wearing no pad at all. -Just white Hanes briefs, and I had water, yogurt, oatmeal and watermelon at 5:30 AM for breakfast! I don't know how long this will last. From past experience, I'll need something more later in the day, when I get tired, but this is kind of impressive. I'll most likely put a Tena Level 2 pad back in, but we'll see.
Before surgery, the Doctor was quite confident that I would be dry, or almost dry in 4-8 weeks, because over 98% of his patients are. He attributes that to the surgery method he used, which I've found to be very uncommon. I've only identified 3 Doctors in most of Upstate NY who use the Bladder Neck Preservation method.
I highly recommend that anyone in need of a Prostatectomy seek out a Urologist who does Bladder Neck Preservation, because all 3 Doctors that I identified were the most qualified, having performed well over 1,000 radical prostatectomies on the DaVinci alone.
PSA 4.3 May, 2017
MRI - July, 2017, but the first Dr. forgot to call me with the results, so I called him 3 months later...
Biopsy with Gleason 9 identified in several cores, October, 2017
Surgery 12/21/17. 10-15% of the prostate had cancer. Significant Perineural Invasion.
Catheter Removed 1/2/18
Clean Margins & Lymph Nodes 1/9/18.
First PSA post surgery 2/5/18 at Roswell Park, the place that invented the PSA: <0.04 (Undetectable).
Post Edited (december21) : 2/8/2018 8:25:18 AM (GMT-7)