Just to weigh in on
open for robotic, I went with
open. Dr. Catalona, my surgeon, has done more
open surgeries than anyone in the country...over 5000. Blood loss was nominal, recovery was the same as everyone I read about
on here who had robotic. As my surgeon said to me...choose 5 one inch scars or one 5 inch scar. My scar does not offend my sense of vanity at all. I was walking the halls of the hospital the morning after my surgery and I was lifting my suitcase into the overhead bin on my first business fligth 5 1/2 weeks post op.
Good luck with the decision process
43 yo. now
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy Gleason 7 (3+4)...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision. I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - RRP at Northwestern Memorial by Dr. William Catalona. Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
Post op path report confirmed Gleason 7 (3+4). negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.
9/27/07 - catheter removal...let the games begin...
12/31/07 - threw out the pads (I only had used 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips)
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success. I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.
9/17/08 One year past surgery and doing well. PSA less than .1 and ED continues to get better and showing reasonably good results using Levitra which for a long time did nothing.