I think a lot of us suffering incontinence several weeks or months post-op need to hear from those of you who have been where we are, and are dry now.
A number of people on here have expressed the idea that those whose incontinence has resolved are reluctant to post here, not wanting to make the rest of us feel bad. I think that's probably true. But the fact is we need to know you are out there.
Can we have a sort of virtual show of hands? Let's see how many responses we can generate from those of you who were still leaking at 6 to 10 weeks post-op, but are now COMPLETELY pad free.
If you were one of those few who were dry immediately post-catheter, that's always great to hear, but it seems to me you fall in a somewhat different category.
How many of you were facing disappointment or desperation a couple of months after surgery, but are now totally dry? And how long did it take you?
Positive DRE JAN 2007 at age 47
Biposy 21 MAR 2007
Diagnosis 01 APR 2007: 2 of 8 cores positive, Gleason 7 (3+4), stage T2a, focus of perinerual involvement
AUG 2007 PSA 3.3
24 SEP 2007
open Radical Prostatectomy, Bilateral nerve sparing
Surgeon: Dr. Martin Gleave, The Prostate Center at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, Canada
Post-op Day 2 (26 SEP) Home from hospital
Day 6: Bowel movements resume, causing painful bladder spasms, Dr. will not prescribe anti-spasmodic
Day 8: Catheter removed, totally incontinent, began taking Cialis
Day 9: Partial erection
Day 11: Nealy normal erection
Day 12: PATHOLOGY: Negative margins, minor cancerous invasion of periprostatic space
Week 3: Dry when lying or sitting
Week 4: Leakage when standing and walking greatly reduced
Week 4: Suspended taking Cialis. Normal erections on demand. Some urine leakage with orgasm.
Post Edited (loupdemer) : 11/26/2007 1:55:57 AM (GMT-7)