We're probably veering slightly OT here, but this is a very interesting thread. My own personal experience is nerves spared on both sides BUT my surgeon went on to indicate percentage of each nerve spared (> 50% each side, he couldn't/wouldn't specify further). Prior to surgery I never considered percentage of nerve spared, just a binary saved or not saved. I'm not sure what to make of this regarding my potential to achieve penetrable erections. Right now (2.5 months post surgery) I can achieve only about
50% of previous excellent function - unfortunately not enough for penetration. This is with or without ED Meds. I've tried VED and neither I or my wife like the erection quality at all (feels artifical, like wearing 3 condoms and I can't wait to get the ring off).
Personally, I would consider success to be useable erections with ED meds. The ED meds still allow the spontaneity that I (we) desire and are only a minor inconvenience, imo. Regarding the expense, I use All Day Chemist which is a very reasonable alternative, as discussed periodically on this forum.
Has anyone else had their docs indicate percentage of nerves spared and whether we should consider anything greater than a certain percentage to be the binary 1, "nerve spared".
Diagnosed at age 40 (March 2009) as a result of routine physical
Family history - Father diagnosed and treated at 64, one of his brothers at 70, maternal uncle at 60
PSA 19.14 (first PSA), pre-op PSA 3.93 (second PSA)
1st DRE - abnormal - 1cm nodule - 2 subsequent DREs by 2 different surgeons showed some firmness on right side, no nodule
14 biopsy cores - 1/4 positive on left, < 5% malignant, 3/7 positive on right, 10% malignant, 3 cores of nodule showed no malignancy
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
Cat Scan - negative, believed to be prostate confined
Bone Scan - negative, no distant metastasis
Davinci RP performed 6/1 by Dr. Jean Joseph at Strong Hospital in Rochester
great wife and 3 young children (ages 4, 6, 8)