Sounds like you are good candidate to robotics. I don't agree with your remark about
robotic being the sole choice within 5 years. I don't think that will be the case even in 20 years. Access by robotics have some limitations built in, based on body size and weight, size, shape, and depth of prostate bed. I for one ,couldn't have had robotic based on my prostate beds. Besides, there are so many surgeons that just aren't turning to robotics. There are surgeons that still strong advocate the tactile feel of having their hands on your insides in an
open operation. My own surgeon, nearly 30 years experience, is of that school.
I have nothing against high tech in many areas of my life. But I don't think a surgical procedure should be based on one's interest or dedication to technology. You need to have the trust in the overall skill of the surgeon that is going to be operating on you, whether it be
open or robotic. You only get one shot at the surgical path, and that surgeon better be the best you can access with the rescources you have at your disposal.
I agree, once you make your choice, stick to it, and never look back. Some of what we discuss in general here still has a subjective feel to it, and in the end, what you decide is right for you, is right for you. I think we all respect each other's personal choices in the end. I, for one, do whole heartedly.
Good luck to you as you narrow all this down to a choice.
David in SC
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place