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post-prostatectomy impotence

dcs1
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Joined: May 2001

I'm looking for a discussion group with frank, forthright focus on sexual function and capacity after prostatectomy. I've found info very hard to find on how to manage & improve impotence. Partner and I are frustrated with our ability to achieve orgasm but we find that the impotence itself is a drain, and that Viagra and pump have been of little help so far.

2375dgg
Posts: 31
Joined: Oct 2000

That`s why so many people are choosing brachytherapy instead of prostatectomy if they have Gleason scores below 7, PSA`s less than 10, and bone scan revealing that cancer has not escaped the prostate. You are dealing with one of the 2 dark secrets that urologists do not tell PCa patients about and that is the high rate of impotence and incontince of RP. You may wish to connect with the urology.com site to get some suggestions for help from their news articles. Dennis

dcs1
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Joined: May 2001

Thanks, will try urology.com. In my (youthful) case, RP was the treatment of choice because of need for long-term survival, but now we need to access best management ideas for sexual function rehab, and you're right that the surgeon -- having "done his job" -- is not the best source of info now.

dcs1
Posts: 9
Joined: May 2001

Dennis--
Tried urology.com a couple of times, unable get page to open. Fortunately, incontinence is not a problem. We think that perhaps we're being impatient only 3 months post-op, but it seems that no one is frank about the impotence situation. Any thoughts about where to talk about this for management suggestions and consensual validation? Dan

meadc
Posts: 25
Joined: May 2001

I had the same problem. My Doctor give me Viagra and it didn't work at all! I am useing the injections, this has worked. Getting use to giving your self injections in the penis is hard at first,but I'm ok with it now. It is expensive but I think it is worth it. Erections last about 1 1/2 hours, and should not last more that 3 hours. If you want more info, you can email me at cats_03@msn.com

dcs1
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Joined: May 2001

Many thanks for reply. Will e-mail, but also seeeking further contacts for discussion via this or other sites. Men & drs. just don't talk about this. At 59, only 2 months post-op, am still looking for non-injection, non-invasive rehab techniques to foster earliest return to pre-op vigor. Viagra does improve erections, but not (yet) completely and dose has to be 100-150 so far. Viagra plus pump so far is the best combination, but we've had trouble learning how to coordinate using an extender-ring plus pump plus Viagra and still retain any semblance of spontaneity

2375dgg
Posts: 31
Joined: Oct 2000

A source if information is: http://UroHealth.org You will need to register. Dennis

dcs1
Posts: 9
Joined: May 2001

Will try. Many thanks, once again. Dan

2375dgg
Posts: 31
Joined: Oct 2000

There is a lot of discussion about these items on the oncology.com prostate cancer board, why not check in there also. Dennis

dcs1
Posts: 9
Joined: May 2001

Sounds good to me, thanks. Will check. I had a supportive conversation with a member of my surgeon's support roster of former patients: age 45, one neurovascular bundle preserved, and he was finally able to have penetrative intercourse with his wife at 9 months postop. I'm at 3 months and just starting to achieve some small amount of turgidity. Pump seems to be as much or more help right now than Viagra is. Dan

philmar
Posts: 1
Joined: Jun 2001

Where can I look to find a pump?

meadc
Posts: 25
Joined: May 2001

Go to: www.eredtiledisfunction.com

meadc
Posts: 25
Joined: May 2001

Sory I got it wrong: It's www.erectiledisfunction.net

dcs1
Posts: 9
Joined: May 2001

yahoo.com -- health -- general shopping -- sex -- penis enhancement.com (is where I got mine). I think that's the linkage sequence, or something close to it. If you try and can't get through, email me at Drdschuman@msn.com. You'll find a bewildering, awesome number of "sex toy" "shops" at the penultimate site. Don't get wierded-out by it. You just want the pump. I got the $49.95 trigger-squeeze model, but I suspect that the $29.95 bulb-squeeze model is just as good. It takes some getting used to, but it does work. Unfortunately, it's one of those very helpful things your surgeon never told you. You'll also need an "extender ring". There are lots of different models besides the one that comes with the pump (which I found not effective at all). You'll have to buy several to see which one works for you. They all fit around the base of the penis and scrotum, not ahead of the scrotum (I think). Once you see how they're constructed, you'll be able to make one yourself for a few cents at a crafts store. Good luck. Dan

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