I am in the Phoenix area and had the da Vinci surgery on Oct.31,'08. I went with Dr. Brien Patel from Casa Grande, with surgery at Banner Dessert. I'm so well pleased with Dr. Patel, my surgery, healing and results so far. If you need to talk, e-mail and we can get together. This is an excellant forum to gather information and support.
Born Aug. 14, 1940; dx 6-3-08
Oct. '05 PSA 3.7; Free PSA 14.3
1st Bio July '06 - negative; PSA 5; DRE Negative
2nd Bio Mar '07 - negative; PSA 6.68; DRE Negative
Feb. '08 PSA 7
Mar. '08 PSA 10.8; Free PSA 24.1
April '08 PSA 8.2; Free PSA 14.6
3rd Bio June 3'08, one core of 10 (LMid 20% cancer)other 9 cores negative
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3=6; DRE Negative
Scheduled surgery, da Vinci, Aug. 7, '08. Canceled due to failed pre-opt stress test. Had cardiac stent put in August 1. da Vinci surgery Oct. 31, '08. Cath. out Nov. 11. Nerves sparred. No incontinance at night and only 1 pad per day, more for precaution.
1st Quarter PSA report on Jan. 11, 2009 was ZERO (0.0).