People say the more surgeries the surgeon has done the better. I am not so sure.
At some point 2000, 3000, 5000, (you pick it) the patient becomes a number and the surgeon is merely "phoning it in". I don't care how interesting or important the task at some point it becomes routine and dull. The importance and sense of urgency is diminished. Surgeons are human.
If someone said they had completed 12,000 surgeries I'd be looking for another. Remember, supposedly you are the surgeons patient "for life". With all those
victims patients what must the office be like? Are patients stuffed in there like sardines? How much time do you have with the doc for the followup?
How do you know the 12000 number is real? Why aren't the surgical results posted some place? How many patients have ED? How many are incontinent? Can you get a recording of the surgery? The daVinci has the capability. Why isn't that a part of the record? Is the surgeon willing to give you a copy? Why not?
It's strange that we use word of mouth from a few folks for something as important as this yet we'll spend days looking at reviews and ratings for tires, flash lights, and power tools.
Some day there will be an Angie's List, Yelp, Google Reviews, or Apple iCut'em for this purpose.
Age: 65, Mar. 42 yrs, 56 dx, PSA: 4/09 17.8, 6/09 23.2
Biop.: 6/09 Pos 7/12, 20-70%, G4+3; Bone, CT Neg
DaVin RP: 7/09, U of Roch Med Ctr
Path Rpt: G3+4, pT3aNOMx; 56g, Tumor 2.5x1.8 cm both lobes and apex
EPE, PNI extensive; Sem Ves, Vas def clear, Lymph 0/13
AdVan Sling 1/11
PSA: 10/09 .04, 7/10 <0.01, 7/11 <0.01, 1/12 <0.02, 4/13 <0.02, 3/14 <0.02, 4/15 <0.02, 5/16 <0.02, 6/17 <0.02!