My doctor at Cleveland Clinic had stats of his continence and ED rates, and a detailed questionnaire on follow up visits tracking my progress in those areas.
That being said, I can't say I have any great confidence in the stats, based on the fact that they are kept and managed by the surgeon. I would not be surprised if " 1 pad a day" is interepreted as full continence.
That being said, I still believe that the surgeon's skill was primarily responsible for my results thus far. I think that less experienced surgeons would have had positive margins.
Could be however, as Mr. Bill suggests that the nereves were handled by a first year resident.
So far, I still wouldn't trade the ED for BCR. As long as I can keep my PSA low, I'll figure out other solutions for the ED.
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