• Should my 3 month follow-up visits include a DRE?

    Asked by BLaw on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Should my 3 month follow-up visits include a DRE?

    I've haven't been examined in any follow-up visits is this the norm? Chat about PSA results which have been excellent.

    Need an injection for an erection. Want to know how this has worked with others?

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    • tomget's Avatar

      I had this same procedure just 5 weeks ago..so you're a little ahead of me. About the DRE..do they continue that once the prostrate has been removed? Haven't been 3 months yet, but I would "guess" there's nothing to check with the prostrate gone..unless they're looking for surgical consequences? You got me there. Maybe someone else can help on that. I was just thinking the 3 month would be another PSA test and whatever else were concerns at that time. I haven't been examined either...except once about a week after the nurse removed the urinary catheter..and the doctor gave me a sample supply of Cyalis and talked about Kegel urinary exercises and gave me prescriptions/orders for the next two PSA tests..three weeks and then three months. Cyalis meds so far are having next to no effect so far, and at my age of 66 in spite of having no problems with erections whatsoever..my doc says in general guys my age don't usually have much success overcoming ED. I keep trying..hoping something will eventually occur, and maybe I had "some" response or is it my imagination? Not sure. I've read up on erections and its a complicated area with unique tissues and special nerves etc..Hoping to get something, and keep trying because its early for me, but know it may be over. Goodluck

      almost 4 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      I have yet to see a urologist who did not want to do a DRE even though I had a radical back in 2005. Guess it depends on the doctor. I never asked after the first time post surgery when he said he was checking to see that all was as it should be. I guess I just thought that all urologists thought my butt was worth looking at.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      almost 4 years ago
    • Bundoskip's Avatar

      I do not think this is the norm for sure. I haven't had a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) Since the tumor was discovered. I had the prostatectomy so maybe that makes the difference. To think of it a DRE is examining the prostate gland manually so if there is no gland there is apparently no reason for the DRE. I had only initial erectal problems which soon disappeared once my mind got to accept this and we went to work. Notice I said we. This would include my wife. If any one can "raise the dead" she can! it came down to touching, feeling, kissing, fondling, squeezing, pinching, etc. Along with this was the XXX Pump, a great tool indeed! My Urologist drove home the fact that "if you do not use it you will loose it". Therefore as soon as possible I started driving the blood up the shaft by the pump. Then there was "extenze", better than Viagra and no side effects. I used them all! no wonder the erectile problem was temporary at best. I have a lot of plowing to do, if you know what I mean, and enjoy it too. I just couldn't sit down fold arms and look down. I did that once and knew I shouldn't be living with the dead. NOTICE NO INJECTION! Follow my advice and you will be very happy too.

      almost 4 years ago
    • WizardOfWesley's Avatar

      I seem to get a DRE at every exam ...They are checking for scaring from surgery...and to feel if any tumors are in or around the prostate bed ...

      over 3 years ago
    • WizardOfWesley's Avatar

      It's been almost two years since my surgery ..(Robotic) and I also had salvage radiation.. cause my PSA started to rise slightly. It's going down now back to undectable levels ...So I guess time will tell ...As far as ED issues ...I was fine the night before my surgery ..Still no real improvement since then :-( But not giving up hope

      over 3 years ago

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