Hi guys. I am a 67 year old guy in decent shape and pretty healthy overall. My cancer was organ-confined. Gleason 7. Negative margins. Had my robotic nerve-sparing prostatectomy end of November. I need some input on others' experience on incontinence. The first week after catheter removal was horrible. The slightest movement caused substantial dribble I "keegled" 100 times a day and within a week things were better. I remained relatively dry at night and was able to maintain a full bladder until morning, able to make it to the bathroom with no/very little dribble. I emptied under control with a full stream. I was able to stay relatively dry for a couple of hours, but then the dribbles started and I was unable to stop them. Often by evening the dribbles turned to a stream. I would fill 3 pads to the max. It remains so to this day 2 months later with keegle exercises till I am sick of them. Even though I remain able to start and stop urine with no issue, I can not stop the afternoon/evening dribbles. They just happen and often I do not even feel them. It is worse when I sit or stand than when I lie down. I do not drink much and no caffeine. If I do anything that entails abdominal muscle involvement, I dribble. I see no improvement at all after 2 months. In fact, there are days when I think it is getting worse.
In addition, I was one who never knew constipation. Since the surgery I have trouble. It seems i constantly have the urge to move my bowels with that "pressure" in my lower rectum, but I have to really squeeze hard and it seems that when I feel like I have to go (which is always) the urine dribble is the worst. Also the stool diameter is at best the size of a normal thumb.. . .not pencil like but not much larger. It feels like my bladder is protruding into my rectum if I may be so blunt and blocking the passage. I have taken to drinking copious amounts of prune juice to keep the passage open and free of stool.
Can anyone relate to what I am experiencing? I know EVERYONE says it takes time but I see absolutely no progress and some things are really quite concerning. I am to the point where I am regretting having chosen surgery.