Hi Fairwind, that's interesting. Where does the blowback info come from?
I'd heard the opposite. I only have anecdotal evidence, (a conversation with a doctor in a casual setting, not formal visit) who, when he found out I'd had my PCa surgery by da Vinci said that he'd seen several articles lately which were starting to show better surgical outcomes with da Vinci, rather than open. I didn't ask where, or exactly what, he'd been reading, as once you've been carved up it matters not. The dye is cast.
However, it didn't surprise me as I figured the experience of the robotic surgeons was going up while the older open guys were slipping over the hill.
My father-in-law was an anesthetist and from dinner table talk I learned to fear any old guy surgeon --- at least when I was 18 these slipping over the hill surgeons seemed like old guys. From my current vantage point 50 years later, I'd see them as younger men in the prime of life!
Back then the problem with the older guys was that they didn't seem to be aware of what their time was compared to younger surgeons, that they didn't seem to be aware of how their outcomes compared to younger hands, and they were resistant to learning new ways --- their way was the best way. My father-in-law retired 30 years ago, so that's the story from one hospital from a long time ago. Nevertheless, I have a couple of doctor friends who, when they, or their family, are in need of surgery, always seem to seek out the younger hands. Again, anecdotal.
While my dye is cast and it matters not what the stats say --- I could be anywhere on the bell curve and only time will tell where --- I'd still be interested to know where your 'growing blowback' is coming from, Fairwind. Thanks. P.S. I've always loved your healingwell name: Fairwind.
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