Mirv, you are doing the right thing! Ask, read, learn, then make the decision that is best for you and your family. Don't get too wraped up in the numbers game. One thing to understand is that most of the high number Doctors are at teaching hospitals. They do have a job to teach. Many of their surgeries are done under their names. But, there will probably be other Doctors involved. They will still be highly involved in all surgeries so you still get the benefit of their skills and knowledge. I did not find HW until month or so after my RRP. But I am not sure it would have changed anything I did. I had all the same questions to ask my Doctor from my reading and searching. I liked his answers and his personallity. I was just unlucky in the incontinance turn out. I did go to a "teaching" hospital and Doctor for my AUS and have been happy with the results.
We are here to help,
43 at Dx and Surgery (RRP)
PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear.
Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006 Undetectable 0.00.
ED workable and usable with Viagra.
Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008 Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day) All PSA's 0.00.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement.
April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection. Back to using 4-6 full pads a day within a week.
May 14, 2008 - Another collagen injection to try to Band-Aid the leaking for our June cruise. Will start making conusultation appiontments for AUS after we return.
July 14th, 2008 - AUS consultation with Dr. Morey at UT Southwestern (Dallas).
July 30, PSA 0.00.
Aug. 22nd, 2008 - AUS Surgery by Dr. Morey
Oct. 6th, 2008 - AUS Activation by Dr. Morey