I am in the middle of my VA claim for the same thing. With my medical records, they are going to sign off on me not having to be examined by the VA doctors, as my case, incuding primary and secondary treatment is fresh, and complete. It is well documented and my doctors have cooperated with all paperwork requests so far.
I was told at the start of the process, that it would take from 6-15 months, depending. But the good news it is all retroacitive to when you filed, which in my case was October 1st.
I did as I was advised, and from the start, my local county VET rep's office has handled 100% of my paperwork and filings. I have been told by more than one person that can make a big difference, that you don't want to file online on your own.
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, Cath #9 in 35 days, 12/7/9 - Cath #10 in place