I hate to sound pessimistic but after all is said and done, it is still some kind of crap shoot. I certainly agree that you should find the best surgeon you find.
1. I really think they pad their stats.
2. You are as big or even bigger variable than the surgeons skill. Has your pc escaped the margin, gotten into the seminal vessicles, or gotten into the perineural nerves ? Do you have an EPE? Do you have a high grade Gleason ?
3. You will have more than one doctor in the OR. Residents, doctors, interns, etc. After the lights go out, you really don't know what goes on. Not trying to scare you, just stating fact, and the importance of trusting the doctors there, that they will do their absolute best.
4. As many have tried, this process cannot be reduced to a formula. There are many variables, and yes, you can influence some, but not all.
I went with gut feel as much as all the stat stuff. So far, the gut did OK, but I have a lot of years to see.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic 4/14/09 Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free 6 week PSA <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED. Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10, 9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01