My robotic surgery was done by a highly experienced surgeon at U of Chicago. I understand people come from all over to see him. I'm sure some see him as a rock star.
I debated between
open and robotic, and chose robotic because some aspects made more sense to me. In general, outcomes are virtually the same. Once I decided on robotic, I chose my surgeon because several people I knew had gone to him, all with decent outcomes. I also went with the most experience I could get as I was aware the learning curve was 300 or so RRP's. Whether it was
open or robotic, experience matters.
He was professional in his dealings with me, and gave me enough time over two appointments to answer all my questions. He came across as very confident and someone who knew his business. He wasn't a touchy, feely type, but that didn't matter to me.
He told me his residents would do some of the prep work, but he did the important parts like removing the prostate. He operates two days a week, and does two cases on a day. While I didn't see him right before my surgery (a negative in my book), he had time for my wife after the operation and gave her a report on what happened.
I don't think he is super high volume. Does he do many of these operations? Yes, but I felt comfortable with him. At this point I like my outcome, and would recommend him to others.
I'm enough of a cynic that if I felt my Doc was part of an assembly line approach, I would have gone to someone else.
Age at diagnosis-66 Diagnosed 6/16
RALP 10/16 at U of Chicago, Dr. Shalhav. Experienced internal bleeding post op requiring transfusion of 2 units.
Pathology Gleason 3+4=7, tumor volume 15% Margins negative except for one focal margin, .1mm
PSA @ 6 wks <0.02;16 wks <0.02; 5/17 <0.02; 10/17 <0.02