Bill, I have followed your various comments and your first ones that I saw came at a time when I was pretty negative, too. I hope I did not encourage you in negativity, because I know that is not the answer. I have had to do what seems best for me at the time and that is using the Bard-Cunningham clamp, a devise that no one on the board recommends because Dr. Walse advises against it. The only one I know promoting it at this time is my surgeon, whom I feel much like the way you feel about yours. I wonder if he knows something he's not willing to talk about relative to my surgery. I can contain absolutely nothing in my bladder and of course can pee absolutely nothing except in the mornings. He tells me to have patience, too, which is what I (and you) must do at this point. A close friend of mine said his continence returned to normal suddenly at six months, so that is my hope now, whether it is at six or twelve months, or whenever. I too have been somewhat discouraged by all the testimonies of success, but I am trying to turn that discouragement into hope. I am glad these other guys are doing better than I. I wish and pray the best for them.
Like you, at first I felt I had made a terrible mistake by having the open radical instead of the robotic, but I have found jon this board just about as many with that surgery who has incontinence problems, too.
Let's make a pact together to keep looking "up" through this. Although you are a much younger man than I am (I'm now 64), let's get better together, while the people on this board watch us. They are very supportive and concerned. And perhaps we can encourage someone else. By getting interested in someone else other than myself, I seem to do a lot better with my attitude.
I am, after tomorrow, going to be limited on the computer until I get situated in my new location, but I will get back on this site as soon as possible. I will see the surgeon tomorrow. Maybe he will give some new data. Also, I do want to remain annonomous, but there may be a point when you and I can communicate on a personal level. If so, we'll have to figure out how we can get personal without the whole world knowing who we are. In the meantime, do not dispair. Do not dispair. Look up to the Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
First biopsy 07/05;
Diagnosed: "Suspicious looking cells". Dr. says wait and watch.
Second biopsy: 12/27/06
Diagnosed cancer: 01/24/07
Gleason Grade: 3+3=6
Radical Open Nerve-sparing Prostatetomy: 02-14-07
Cancer confined to prostate
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
First Post-Op PSA on 04-18-07: 0.011