I wonder if that's one of the differences between open and the robot. I had the robot and the doctor told me he had to decide whether to do nerve sparing or not before the surgery. He said that wasn't a decision he could make during the surgery. He decided based upon the biopsy and my desire, after explaining the pros and cons.
I guess with the open, the doctor is able to get an overall picture during surgery, which would give him the ability to decide whether he could spare the nerves.
I don't know if there is any merit to this observation, I'm just wondering.
PSA 5/22/06: 5.6
Divinci surgery: 9/14/06
Organ confined, clean margins.
Both nerve bundles spared.