First usable erection following surgery

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 11/5/2007 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Last night, I had this very pleasant surprise. It has been only two weeks and two days following da Vinci prostatectomy. I had taken a 10mg Cialis pill as part of the ED rehab program. Although my age, health and luck have played a part, I have to give the credit to my gifted surgeon and the robotic procedure.
I will be contacting Dr. Patel, but does anyone know if there is a generally recommended abstinence period following surgery for other reasons? I would think this is usually taken care of by the usual ED, there must be more and more men in my situation.
Can I safely assume that I am infertile? Looking into vasectomy a few years ago, there is a waiting period after that procedure. However, I would think that my more radical plumbing changes make that a non-issue.

Father diagnosed and cured at age 52.
08/21/07: Diagnosed with T1c cancer
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive; 10% tissue
Gleason score: 3+3=6
PSA level prior to biopsy: 4.3 (velocity < 0.4ng/ml)
10/19/07: da Vinci prostatectomy by Dr. Vipul Patel at OSUMC.
              Difficult surgery due to prostate inflammation.
              Both nerve bundles spared.
              Spongy erections began within 24hrs of surgery!
10/24/07: Catheter out; down to 1 Serenity pad/day next day.
              Final pathology: neg margins, no capsular penetration,
              Gleason 3+3=6, 5% tumor involvement, multi-focal.

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 211
   Posted 11/5/2007 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Most suggest moderate activity and exercise for the first month with nothing too strenuous.

After prostate removal there is no ejaculation: orgasm is dry.

M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 11/6/2007 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
CaPCA - yes, you are infertile now. Jeff and I joke around that his surgery was a forced vascetomy since I had been asking him to get one for years. our doctor never told us how long to wait. as soon as the catheter was out, Jeff had an orgasm (without an erection), but it was very painful so he thought he should wait a while longer. I've heard other people say you should wait in order to let everything heal, but I think asking your doctor is the best thing to do. that's great news that you are getting erections already! kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump
8/07 - 1 yr PSA <0.1
9/1/07 - achieved erection with Viagra - no pump!

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