I am in the Chicago West Burbs. Seems we have some similarities.
As you seek different opinions, schedule a procedure date at each you see. You can always cancel, Docs don't mind at all. The delay to get your treatment is based on the limited availability of operating rooms. So get on their schedules when you can no matter what place or treatment you choose.
I looked at some suburban community Hospitals, which may be just fine, but I liked what the Downtown locations offered. Smaller Hosps just did not turn the numbers I liked. I met with Dr. Adler at Northwestern, what a great guy. I have two close friends that used Dr. Z from UC and have nothing but good things to say. I choose Arieh Shalhov, got a bad margin but no problem yet. Don't know anybody doing work at Rush but I here its a great hospital as well.
I choose the Robot and was in and out of the Hosp. next day. My bad margin is all I came away with but coming up on 2 years I remain hopefull.
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Currently 55, surgery at 54
Normal , 2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
PSA @ surgery 6
Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicaly Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008, University of Chicago.
Catheter out in 7 days normaly expected leakage
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, (3+4) 10 % of both portions of prostate
Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear, single positve margin at apex measuring less than 1/2mm.
PSA Six week < 0.1 4 month PSA <.05 6 month PSA<0.01,9 month<0.01,12 month <.008, 18 month .010
Watching PSA @ 6 months for 2 years, will do salvage radiation if necessary.
Fair to Good results with Viagra, side effects are bothersome at times. Tried Levetra about the same as Viagra. Tried Cialis, think I will stay with the Viagra at 50 mg. Side effects worse at 100 mg.