Roger, at your current age, 44, I can certainly understand the depression and feelings related to your continued ED issues. From reading everyone stats on HW, I am still not convinced that whether they save both side, left side, right side, or no sides, it makes any consistent difference with ED. There must be other factors at work, i.e. surgical margins, shock to the remaining nerve(s), each man's immune systems, there has to be something else at play, but I have no medical knowledge to back up that feeling. Hope your 18 month goes well for you, as much as we all want the ED to be gone, the single most important thing, especially at your tender age, is to be rid of a cancer that is evil from end to end. My best for you, my brother.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05, 6 month on 5/9