Here is a link to another study. It compares Robotic vs.
open for about
8000 cases. It shows that robotic surgery has shorter hospital stays and recovery time but higher incidence of ED and incontinence.
(From an earlier post I made on this subject: "The study tracked surgeries performed from 2001 -2006 with 2 year follow up.
open beat Robotic for incontinence and ED performance. Similar to what I have found here with my ~90 responses.
The results from our unscientific study here show that at 3 months you are 2.5x more likely to be wearing a pad if you had Robotic surgery. At one year, only Robotic patients were still wearing pads.
The good news is that at 3 months 67% are continent and at one year 91% are continent.
For my fellow three month leakers, 2/3 of us will be dry at one year. Don't give up."
Go to the real paper not just the summary to get the details.
As everyone has said, the priority should be cancer first then continence then ED. But if there is a treatment with the same success rate for cancer, why not select the one that gives the best rates for numbers 2 and 3 as well?
You will get plenty of support here. (Although we won't do your laundry or help change your overnight pee bags. Sorry, Pal. )
DX Age 56
. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2
. Biopsy 6/10/09
: 7/12 scores positive, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone scan and C/T scan negative. RP DaVinci -7/21/2009
@ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared. Catheter removed - 7/31/2009
Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7, Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm,
location: both lobes and apex.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX Post Surgery Status: Potency -
12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next? Incontinence -
8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (I'm going to try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
. 9/27 2 months: Still 3 pads per day.
11/14 4 months: Still 3 pads per day. 420ml/day, 91 um leak.
12/11 5 months: Still 3 pads per day. 400-450ml/day Experimenting with Nyquil for 10 days: Can sleep through the night but withdrawal is bad. Stopped 12/20. Post Surgery PSA -
9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04 undetectable.
Post Edited (Worried Guy) : 12/26/2009 6:09:58 AM (GMT-7)