Dan, I hear you, but you can't go to the bank on thinking that after 3-4 days you will be up to being back to work, home based or not. Prostate removal surgery, whether it be robotic like you are wanting, or
open like I had, is still a major and complex operation. For your sake and peace of mind, I sincerely hope it goes by the book, you get it done, you get over the worse of it quickly, and of course, that you don't have major side effects to deal with. But in your planning, you need to be thinking about
Plan B, if Plan A doesnt go by the book.
We respect every man's treatment choice here, as it is your life we are talking about
, but if you wanted the least invasive way with your numbers, then I would have to agree with the "seeded" brothers, that would be the way to go. I wanted that for myself, but my numbers and PSA velocity took it out of my choice column.
This site, and you know this if you have been reading any length of time, is filled mostly with men that had surgery (both methods), and are still dealing with long term incontinence, ED issues regardless of whether nerves were spared or not, or weird lingering stricture issues like me, almost 18 months out. We have men here, that literally went to the best surgeons in the country at the best possible hopspitals, yet it did not spare them from side issues or even recurrance.
You are fortunate, in that you haven't used up your first treatment cure yet. So now is definitely the time for all due dillegence as they say in the business world.
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, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, next one: July
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 4/23 put in