I haven't been participating in this forum all that long, but I've read over and over again that one should find a surgeon who has performed thousands of DaVinci procedures. I've been trying to convince myself that is a plus, and maybe it is, but my particular surgeon has done just under 50 surgeries with excellent results. I couldn't be more pleased if I had traveled a thousand miles to Johns Hopkins. He has also done many, many open surgeries over the years as well. Friends of ours who know the ins and outs of the operating theaters here in the northern suburbs of Chicago all agreed that our doctor is an excellent surgeon, both for open surgery and for the DaVinci procedure. I trusted the opinion of the doctors, nurses, and operating room technicians with whom I spoke, and I am completely satisfied with the results. Plus, I had the advantage of surgery just 20 miles from home, no hotel stays far from home, no airplane trips, no long automobile rides.
I would rather be the surgeon's only DaVinci procedure on a given day than number three or four. I valued a surgeon who spent as much time with us as we needed on the day the diagnosis came back and during the pre-surgery visit; who returns phone calls personally; who knows me when I come back for post-operative visits; whose general bedside manner inspires confidence; and who has a sense of humor as well.
The number of procedures performed is certainly worthy of consideration, and I don't think I would want to be a surgeon's maiden attempt, but the doctors with whom I spoke generally said that if the guy has done 40 or more, he certainly must be doing things right.