Hi Hero, really interesting!
Obviously, a sleeply genius isn't great. But, better than an average surgeon who is alert and at the top of their game?
For me it is just further evidence that a focus on the number of surgeries performed, rather than quality of surgeries performed, is a danger. The root cause is likely that, as lay people, we can ask about number of surgeries, but to really do due diligence is difficult, if not impossible, and seeing through a mirror darkly is better than not seeing at all.
My concern is always that the emphatic advice sometimes given here about surgery numbers as being so critical will mislead newcomers into thinking that once they know that number, they've got all the key information they need, rather than thinking it's an interesting number, and a worthwhile thing to know, but NOT the question their own doctor would be putting significant weight on if they were the one headed for a RP. They'd be interested in results, measured by everything from time spent under general anesthetic, to post surgical complications, to pathology margins, etc. etc. etc.
One thing I've got on my list to ask about now is whether or not the surgeon is, as you so delightfully put it, "tootered."
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