The wait from the point of my biopsy/diagnosis to surgery via da Vinci method was about 9-weeks. My surgeon recommends a six-week interval, but I contracted sepsis as a result of the biopsy, was hospitalized and wanted longer to recuperate before the surgery. Surprisingly to me, I approached the surgery relaxed; I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Bfazil for a weeks vacation just prior to the surgical procedure. The surgery itself was almost a "non event" for me - I remember nothing, have really have had no after-pains, but some post-op issues have been a challenge to deal with - not insurmountable, though. All of this has been made easy for me in large part because of the excellent information available on this forum from people going through the same thing and I was so confident in my personal physician and surgeon that I left the worrying to them. I can remain calm because my post-op reports have been perfect - all cancer taken away, no nerve bundle damage, etc. Best wishes for an excellent procedure and speedy recovery afterwards.
April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior
June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample
Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days
Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon