My basic details are below in my signature. I am coming on 6 months post surgery. I think I have been using an ErecAid pump for maybe 2 to 3 months. I take 20 mg Cialis every other day and 100 mg Viagra when I want to be sexually active and think I need it.
My experience with the pump has been mixed. The technician I bought it from recommended using it daily. I probably average about
4 times a week, sometimes every day, sometimes a couple of times a day.
Cutting to the chase, I have had so-so erections when I want to have sex, and have had a few failed attempts at having sex. The ErecAid comes with multiple rings, and I had no success sustaining an erection with any of them. The technician advised me to use two rings, which I've been doing with better success.
Without the pump, in the last month to 6 weeks, I have started to have some firmness, but not enough for intercourse - I would describe it as enough to make m*sturbation interesting (I still don't get why that is a banned word in a prostate cancer forum...).
Erections with the pump can be a pain in the ass. I frequently have scrotal tissue or hair stuck in the rings. The rings can be painful. I think they also sometimes make it difficult for me to orgasm, if not impossible. But I soldier on...
The downside is the erectile dysfunction. On the bright side, I guess physical therapy on the penis is more interesting than dealing with a bum knee or something like that...
Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: 3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score: 3+4=7
negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
first post-surgery PSA: 0
ongoing post-surgery treatment: Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily