First, you came to the right place! There is a wealth of first-hand experience here that folks are ready to share. I have three stories: mine, my older brother's, and a close friend of mine that may be of interest since we all took different approaches. First, my brother went to RCOG in Decatur, GA, for their ProstRcision treatment of seeds and carefully-focused radiation treatments. The full course took abt six weeks and they stayed in GA for the entire time (at a place that was free for patients). This was abt eight or nine years ago and he remains in good shape with undetectable PSA. He was and remains pleased with the results. Very little discomfort during the procedure and very few "quality-of-life" issues after (one of his main concerns).
The second was a friend of mine that had the DaVinci method just abt five years ago. Recovery for him seemed to be very quick and when I last spoke to him, he was also at zero PSA and was convinced that he had taken the right approach. His one point is that you MUST find a surgeon that does a LOT of robotic prostatectomies so they are truly comfortable with the device console.
Now for me.
I had a biopsy last Dec (stats below) which resulted in RRP (
open) surgery on 1/21 and I just got the tube out yesterday. I had convinced myself that the robotic method was for me but I found a really good urologist that does both but in my case recommended the
open style so he could better see what was going on. All went well (again, see below) and I expect to go back to work next week. I've no complaints.
So, three different stories, three different approaches, three happy customers. How does that help you? Good question.
My only bit of advice is to find a urologist that you really trust and go with what they advise. Each of the approaches offers the potential for good results so get comfortable with your doctor and let them do their work. If robotic is your way, find a urologist that does them frequently and that has a good track record. Actually true for any of the approaches so it's back to finding a doc you like. That's most important, IMHO.
Not much help and I agree, too many choices.
Good luck, welcome to the group, and keep us posted.
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