I'll both agree and disagree with John. If a surgeon has done a reasonable number of prostate surgeries with the DaVinci robot or
open, we have to consider that. I know that my surgeon does 2 or 3 RPs a week out of 10 potential time slots, but not 10, because he only does surgery 2 days a week, and he does a lot of various procedures, and keeps office hours 5 days a week.
Here is the disagreement - If a surgeon has a good reputation with the nurses and volunteers at a hospital, I believe it has to do more with the lack of negative comment than presence of good comment ( I have family who have worked in recovery rooms - one scrap of bad news obliterates a lifetime of good or neutral news).
What am I saying -
I would not be "amazed" with a uro/surgeon who had not done one recently (say last month or two), but you also have to consider his practice. Is he overwhelmed with women? If so, ain't many prostates to take out. If that is the case, politely check around. It doesn't mean he isn't good (maybe he does the best work in town, but not many of them). Most here on HW tend to like bigger numbers. I'm not always happy with the slant that thousands of surgeries mean a surgeon is good. Often that is correct, no doubt. But at some point does it become too much an assembly line?
If your situation (financial / insurance) allows you to travel to a well known cancer center or a well known surgeon, by all means do so. But in the end, you must be comfortable with your decision, as it is just a bit on the permanent side.