Having just had the Da Vinci Jan 5, I would say it has little advantage over
open. there are a few things like blood loss, but for me, it was obvious there are more similarities than differences. If I had it to do over again, I would worry far less about
the procedure used. It simply is not the end to human suffering that some of the literature would ahve you believe. According to my dr, the race to continence is usally faster with
open. I am down to one pad a day, very similar to
open rrp. Some guys are dry right away, others take their time.
I was uncomfortable for about
a week after surgery - again very simliar to
open. The skill of the surgeon is by far the most important. My dr did a great job and I am very happy with the results, but as everyone said on here...and they were right....it is the surgeon, not the procedure. The recovery, pain, continence, potency are all different for every single guy and based hardly at all on the procedure.
Have your husband do what feels best for him. It hard and a process no one should ever have to go through. While we are all here together, it is most certainly our own individual journey at every level.
Glad you are here to share it. This is a great board.
47 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6 (Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious)
10/07 PSA 5.06 (Biopsy 11/07 1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC www.roboticoncology.com
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report: Stage T2cNxMx
-totally contained to prostate,
-10% involvement in L & R Mid lobes