I posted here for the first time a couple of days ago. I was just diagnosed on 9/12 and still trying to digest a lot of info. Not sure yet which treatment I will choose, but am leaning strongly toward surgery, because I'm 53. Like all of us, I want a very good surgeon because you only get one chance to do this right.
Questions : How do you find an excellent surgeon ? Is there some place where you can find a ranking of prostate surgeons with statistics like what percentage of their patients get back to "normal" or close to normal urinary continence and erections ?
I'm lucky to live near what is supposedly a very good urology department at the University of Kansas Medical Center. US News and World Report ranks it among the "best" in the US, and says two of their urologists are in the top 1% of urologists in the US. But I want SURGERY experts, not necessarily "top" urologists. KU Med Center has 3 Da Vinci machines and they told me on the phone that 4 of their surgeons each perform 1 to 2 RP surgeries per week. I have also read that the research hospitals connected to universities have the best track records with surgeries.
The urologist I started out with is great, and very easy to work with, but he does only about 2 Da Vinci surgeries per month, and he is a young guy, so I know he has not done a ton of them.
I've even thought about going for broke and heading to MD Anderson, Cleveland Clinic, or Mayo. Or is KU Med Center good enough, if I can get the best surgeon there ?
Thanks again for the help.
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2 core out of 12 cores positive ( one 15%, one 5% )
Father diagnosed at 62 with advanced Pc, now 84 and fine