I think the answer that you would arrive at if you talked to every poster on this forum, that there doesn't seem to be a strong correllation to any technique, or necesarily to number of surgeries a doctor performed, if he had a fight with his wife the night before.
This is a very individual thing. Our anatomies are different. Our prostates are attached to our bladders or rectum in many cases. Our nerves are different in the way they are adhered to our prostate. Our tumors are different in the way they manifest themselves.
I know some guys who have good results believe it is becasue they chose the right surgeon or had the best technique. I don't see that as I read everyone's signature.
It is just a series of differences in all of the parameteres that make some guys incontinent and some guys hae ED. I'm not saying a surgeon can't or dozen screw things up at times.
I see no logical way we can explain men who have erections with the catheter in, or no leaks from day one, other than its just in the cards. Otherwise, we would have some surgeons who would be doing all the prostatectomies. The same surgeon who has no side effects in one surgery will have a patient with total incontinence or total ED in another.
Picvk your surgeon to the best of your ability, and make sure he is experienced in the technique he is using, and then deal with the results. There are no guarantees with surgery or radiation. The odds may be different with whichever technique yoiu choose, but your personal resulkts remain to be seen.
I wish it wasn't so. but the more I read the posts here, the more I am convinced.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic 4/14/09 Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks due to anatomical issues with location of ureters with respect to bladder neck. Try 3 tubes where no tubes are supposed to be for 2 weeks !
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free 6 week PSA <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)