Everything I read about
this surgery advised looking for the most experienced surgeon possible. That was what I looked for. Zagaja and his colleague at U of C, Shalhav, each have done over 2,000 RRP's. I believe there are experienced surgeons at Northwestern, Loyola, North Shore Univ. Health, and Rush. We are fortunate to have good teaching hospitals in Chicago.
Take your time, and talk to a few surgeons before deciding.
In addition, educate yourself on radiation therapy. There are excellent treatment options that could give you the same outcome as surgery, with different side effects. You should meet with a Radiation Oncologist to learn more. There are a number of forum members who chose radiation and they can be a source of information.
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