Hello all, I found this forum a few days ago. I really appreciate all the sharing of experiences, it has been very informative and reassuring to me. Since I've found it so helpful to read of others' experiences, I'd like to share mine as well.
Due to strong family history, I started getting my PSA tested in my late forties. It sat in the mid 2's for several years, then shot up to 4.7 in August. Retested, same result. Considering family history and the jump, my urologist recommended a biopsy. The result was being diagnosed with PC in September, at age 54... one side only, Gleason 6 (3+3).
I gave a lot of thought to treatment options, mostly looking at surgery and radiation seeding... ended up choosing DaVinci surgery.
My DaVinci surgery was 11/8/07 at the University of Minnesota Fairview hospital, and it went well except for some issue with breathing tubes... I had a bad sore throat for a while, in addition to the usual recovery needs. My doctors and other staff were wonderful, making an experience nobody wants as positive as they could. The surgeons said they thought the nerve sparing and reconstruction had gone well enough to give me good prospects for recovery of continence and potency. They were making no promises though, which is probably appropriate.
My catheter was removed 11/21 (whew) and I got my pathology report that day as well... margins looked good, no signs of spreading to lymph nodes (bigger whew).
I returned to work (desk job) half time the week of 12/3, went back up to full time the following week.
It appears I'm doing all right continence wise... 6 weeks after the surgery I'm using a few pads, but it's mostly precautionary against leaks/dribbles. At home on the weekend I'm transitioning to going without pads, but I don't have the confidence to leave the house without them yet.
I've had less progress on the ED side of things, and my concerns over that issue were the primary reason I was searching the net and discovered this forum. After reading many others' experiences, I can see that it's way too early to be obsessing about it! Hopefully the minor stirrings will increase with time, as the nerves recover from their trauma.
My first PSA check is scheduled for February, hopefully I'll get that undetectable result! My Dad had an open RP in 2001, has been undetectable since.