Welcome Dr. John, glad you found us but sorry you need us. My open surgery is coming on 6 months behind me. If I were using pads at the point in time you are, I would definitely want to sit down with my dr. and see what else could be done within reason. On the ED front, plenty of well experienced men here that use pumps, ED drugs, and injectables, I was one of the rare ones, and haven't had any ED since coming off 2 months plus of being on a catheter, with only one side nerves being spared, can't explain it, but it's working on its own. Still getting use to dry ejaculations, but they are starting to become but a memory now, the longer lasting and deeper feeling "O's" are more than making up for that part. You are among friends and comrades here, Dr., so keep us posted, perhaps we will needy your services too! lol. Good luck to you.
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