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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/29/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
This is my first post. I am 58. I had the Da Vinci procedure on July 19. Post surgery report was fine and cancer appears to be gone with no need for radiation treatment. First PSA after was 0.2.

I had almost no complications, was out of the hospital the next day catheter removed in a week. Some blood in urine, but not for a few days now. I still get a burning sensation sometimes when urinating.

But my big question is this. I cannot get an erection -- I know this is not unusual and it may correct itself with time. But in circumstances when I would have gotten an erection pre-surgery, I now get a dull pain. It feels most like a groin muscle pull though it is more to the front of the body. I thought at first it was a muscle pull, but by experimenting, I'm sure it's not. I can make it come on with erotic thoughts so I'm pretty sure it's erection (or lack thereof) connected. Like a groin pull, it can be not really noticeable, until I stand up or walk. The pain persists for hours -- the rest of the day is not unusual. It is invariably gone the next morning.

I did mention it to the surgeon. He seemed not concerned, but could not really offer an explanation. Has anyone else experienced anything like this

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/29/2007 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think you should have a concern as well. It was a while for me. I thought it wasn't going to be an issue as my surgeon said I had a partial in recovery. But yes I did have some pain after it had been a few weeks. Now I don't get the action easily because of hormone treatments. But for now, you have pain and that's good because it means those nerves are functioning.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
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   Posted 8/29/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi jodyjames,

Welcome to the forum! 

I would have to agree with Tony.  You just have to be patient for these things to work themselves through during the healing process.  The pain is probably normal.  I understand it can take months to begin have erections occur "naturally."  The good people in this forum will help you in your journey as you "hang in there" and continue to ask questions.

All the best,


Age: 54
PSA: 4.3
Biopsy: T1c, 3+3=6, 2 pos. samples in one side of prostate
Da Vinci 31 Jul 2007: saved nerve bundle on side of non-cancerous side
Final pathology: Confined to prostate, T2a, 3+3=6
Working to get back into good shape
Waiting to take that first post-op PSA

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   Posted 8/29/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 8/29/2007 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey ~
I read this and re-read it and hernia keeps coming to my mind.  So ~ thought I'd mention it... I guess because I just re-read Spinbiscuit's threads maybe I'm jumping!! 
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   Posted 8/29/2007 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   


It took four months before all of the uncomfortable feelings stopped for me.  They were not there constantly and seemed to be in different places.  Most of the time I felt them in the perineum area.  Give it some time and I feel certain that it will settle down and go away. 


Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07

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   Posted 8/29/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I want to thank all the responders. I can live with the pain. I was just worried it was a sign of something I should worry about.

Bluebird, would a hernia manifest itself most of the time, and not just when I was dong things like cuddling with my wife?

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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey ~ JodyJames, 

Not real sure.... I'll leave this for Spinbiscuit to answer.... cuz he's had several hernias since his surgery....  It was just a thought... and hopefully it's not that!
Nice wording....cuddling!!!  tongue   
Tony, Tamu, and Barry's responses are definitely the right track to follow... just be cautious and monitor closely.  Time is a healer...
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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Bluebeard, I've thought about what you said and realized that when I mentioned this to the surgeon (three weeks ago now after the first couple of times) he did a hernia check on me. I didn't really think about it at all at the time other than remembering that I covered myself because I was so afraid when I had to cough for him, I'd let loose so to speak. So he was thinking alone the same lines as you, I guess.

He didn't say anything though so I'm guess he thought not.

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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ~
Our postings overlapped!!!!! Wasn't sure you saw my new posting!!!! Thought I'd bump it while you are logged on...
That's good news!  thanks for the last reply!  I feel better....
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