I read an earlier post that was primarily negative about Dr. Walsh and his book. I have a different perspective. Dr. Walsh is the most renowned urologist in the US. He developed the "gold standard", the nerve sparing radical prostatectomy, that gives us an opportunity for quality of life after surgery. His book addresses what we can expect before/after surgery. I, personally, found it very informative. It is not for the weak of heart; but, I'd rather know reality beforehand so I can make an informative decision and also know my chances for a successful surgery. His book was published about five years ago before the robotic/lap surgery was available at most hospitals. The procedure followed by the rob/lap surgeons in most respects follows the gold standard developed by Dr. Walsh.
I had my surgery Aug. 2. I followed Dr. Walsh's suggestion and searched for a surgeon with a proven, extensive track record. I looked at rob/lap surgeons as well as open surgeons. There are some good ones at one or the other....none are the real experts at both. This is where you have to come to a personal decision which way you prefer. I ended up going with a surgeon I felt had the most extensive track record. He was an open procedure surgeon....Dr. Walsh's colleague, Alan Partin. I was in the hospital two days, did not need a transfusion during surgery. I was back at work a couple of weeks after the surgery (two to three hours per day at first...office job). This past week I was at full days and felt good at the end of the day. I still wear a pad when at work; however, when I come home the pad is DRY! I don't wear a pad while at home. I think I will go pad free to work next week. My pathology report post surgery was negative. Still saying my prayers for a good PSA report Nov. 2.
I think we men have a lot to thank Dr. Walsh. He developed the procedure followed by the best surgeons in the country, be they rob/lap or open. His procedure gives us a chance for quality of life.