All you can do is talk to the Dr's and get their answers to your questions. Then you have to make your decision and go for it. My Dr. had done well over 300 RRP's when I went to him. He gave me the same percentages of complications as the others. Unfortuntately I ended up in the 5% club when it came to the incontinance.
As far as the mega number Dr's it might be questioned if they are at "teaching" hospitals or not? What I mean my this is that you may have the surgery under the name of the "professor". But in actually there will probably be another Dr. doing a major portion of the surgery. Once the lights are out you really do not know what goes on in the OR.
When I had my AUS I went to a "teaching" hospital to the "expert" in the area. But I have a strong feeling that the "resident" that came in prior to surgery to have the standard pre-op questions and answer session was actually going to be the one doing some if not all of the surgery. I had even talked to the "professor" about
that and he said that yes, part of his job was to teach also. He also said he would be right there and would still have a major role amd make sure things were done correctly. My AUS has turned out great! I could not have asked for a better result.
Good Luck, KW
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