So it’s been two years since my radical prostatectomy, and I think that things have plateaued for me.
There really hasn’t been any significant change in my status since writing my 18-month update.
PSA remains undetectable.
Pretty much dry, but still occasional minor (couple of drops) leaks with stress–hard cough or sneeze; bending or lifting (not all the time); and, on rare occasion if my bladder is nearly full, simply standing.
I’m able to travel long distances without a problem (10 hour flight from Europe), although I have to admit that I am a bit more tactical in locating bathrooms. That’s because there are times where I will get an urge to empty my bladder. So even though I may not really “have” to go and can probably wait, I may just stop and empty my bladder for convenience purposes.
I’ll have to admit that I could be more diligent about performing three sets of Kegel exercises per day, and that may help with those issues.
With only one nerve bundle spared, I’m able to achieve a 50% to 75% erection without Cialis, enough to achieve an orgasm. Orgasms are different than pre-prostatectomy in that in some ways, they’re less intense, yet I find that post-orgasm, I’m much more sensitive to touch.
All in all, I’m leading pretty much the same life today as I did before the surgery, with only minor and occasional inconveniences in my daily life. If I was in a relationship, the sexual function issue would be more of a concern, but, for now, I’m okay with where I’m at.