Don't get so hung up on these massive numbers of surgeries, some run surgery assembly lines, that bothers me a lot. 7 in one day by one surgeon, that would make me nervous. Wouldn't want to be the last 3 on a paticular day. My surgeon, by choice, never does mroe than 2 major surgeries a day. As an open RP surgeon, he never schedules more than 1 per day. When I had my done, I was his only show that day, and that gave me comfort that I had his full attention, and he allows time for complications.
We have surgeon-member here with PC, and if I remember his post, once you get over 250-500 under your belt, you are at max. skill level, so don't be so smitten with doctors claiming thousands. The real question, how many does the surgeon actually do from start to finish, and how many is he actually supervising. Something to think about.
With surgery, quantity of surgeries is only one aspect, the surgeons actual skill level is another.
David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 2/11 1.24
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,