Hello and welcome
I think sometimes people get over zealous on the sheer number of surgeries a particular surgeon claims. Its not just about
the number, its about
the quality of the surgeries. With some of the more noted surgeons, with claims of over 1,000 surgeries and more, it would be interesting how many the surgeon actucally did himself, as oppose to watching over a jr. surgeon in his prescence. All urologist/surgeons are taught
open surgery in medical school, but robotics is the current trend and rage with surgery, so if you go robotic, you would definitely not want to be on someone's learning curve.
Yes, determining the quality of the surgeon can be hard to determine, as he/she isnt going to give you references of someone that wasn't happy, and the net only provides so much information. That's why its good to get more than one opinion, even among surgeons, if you are allowed those choices.
You have time to think through all your options carefully, don't let any doctor, radiation dr, or surgeon hurry you into an instant decision. On your primary treatment, you only get one chance to have it done right. No reset button.
Good luck and keep us posted
David in SC
58, 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: Aug 3
Latest: 7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days, Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, Cath #18 - 13 days, Cath #19 - 17 days, Total Blockage, Cath # 20 - 7/19