Looks like biopsy is in store as it doesn't seem to have responded to anti-biotics. I had mine done under sedation similar to colonoscopy so I knew nothing about
it. Came out bright as a button -----wish I could have said the same for the results. Most here seem to have it done right there in the uro's office and reactions range from "is that all there is to it" to "Holy s*it, that's excruciatingly painful". Stricker, as Kev mentioned, has a very good reputation as does Raji Kooner in the same clinic. Both are robotic specialists but charge substantially more for the robotic procedure. Medicare will refund 75% of the cost of the standard
open procedure and your health fund the balance up to 100% but only up to the amount of the medicare scheduled fee. This can leave you substantially out of pocket. Both normally operate out of St Vincent's Private but your in-hospital costs are fully covered if privately insured. Is there an advantage to robotic over
open? Surgically in the hands of a very experienced doc I think not ------ recovery from external incisions may be a week earlier with robotic but the internal surgery is identical in both cases and will take the same time. Both those docs are very experienced in
open surgery as well. I have also heard very good things about
Paul Cozzi at St George in Sydney ------
open only there.
Post Edited (BillyMac) : 2/3/2011 5:17:15 PM (GMT-7)