David, I'm not surprised you have fears and worries about this surgery --- and, I understand it's not the surgery it's the recovery and afterward. It is, perhaps, a more lifestyle altering surgery than RP (although when it comes to altering lifestyles I can't imagine any RP more lifestyle altering than yours!) Also, fate keeps dealing you a great hand of surgeon, hospital, game plan, and then mucking it up by some one-in-a-million event/outcome.
I remember thinking of all the troubles I might face post surgery and deciding with each, as awful as it might be, it was better than looking up at the grass from a root perspective, and I'd deal with it, and be okay. Post-op is going to have challenges and a learning curve for you, David, but I'm confident the final result is going to be a huge step forward for you, and that you'll deal well with the challenges and changes with dignity, aplomb and success.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02