The Drs do note "they cautioned that the study period included their own learning curve in developing the robot-assisted technique.."
So the were some who were operated on by this guy before he was at his best, he admits himself.
Of course everybody should try and get the best surgeon..
But i'm not convinced that one can say that Dr "A" is so superior in both knowledge and physical stamina and ability so that onle he and a few of similar abilty can produce a great result.
The wisest may not also be the most educated, or have the best hands or nerves, or marriage..
I think the stage, the disease and the individual patient's situation have more of an impact most of the time.
Do I want the best - YES - obviously.
But i'd be surprised if you found much difference in the results of any of the top 20% of surgeons.
There's the tissue, we know what needs to be done. It's clear to dr #1, it's clear to dr #2, and #3.
If and when it IS clear, I guess i'd want my surgeon to be the one who played video games for his entire childhood.
I dunno. When I see statements such as the following, I have to try REAL hard to understand what they are trying to convey.
"that deaths from prostate cancer occurred in only 1 of 1,000 patients per year"
Best to all on a magnificent day on Cape Cod.