USMC, here's the direct link to the pdf file. (I hope it's OK to post this here). It is full of helpful info detailing the da Vinci procedure, what to expect before, how to prepare, recovery, kegels, post-op, etc.
Good luck - making that decision and then waiting to meet and schedule is never easy.
I might add that the only reason we raced to an oncologist first was that we knew nothing about
surgical procedures other than our own perception of turning into a doddering, dribbling, sexless old fool. That, as we all know, is perfectly silly, but still a belief held by many. Thanks to newer techniques, we all know - and are proving - otherwise!
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1: 4.2 (doubled in 13 mos.; up to 4.3 on 6/1)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly