I opted for the open RRP. The reason I did was because my surgeon and hospital were less than two miles away. In Oklahoma City there are only two Dr.s that do the DiVinci operation. There is only one machine in the city also. The wait time to get the surgery is about 3 months. My Dr. made me fee very good about the open RRP. He is assisted by one of the other Dr.'s in the practice. I have never heard if the Dr's that do the DiVinci have a assistant or not? My Dr's do so many of them they have very little blood loss. As far as vision and magnification he said all of the structures with this surgery are large enough for im to see without the need of extra magnificaton. Not sure how long th DiVinci operation takes but I was in and out in two hours. I did have a 6 day stay in the hospital due to a clotting problem I had with the cathiter post op. I have had bleeding and clotting issues with previous operations. I don't think it had anything to do with the quality of my Dr.'s work. It was just one of those things that happen some times. Due to the clotting, I had to keep my cathiter for three weeks for everything to heal. it has been two weeks since it was removed and I have no more gushing. Only using 5 light duty pads a day. Walking in the key to getting control of bladder back. Was given 25mg Viagra to take daily. Have been having some growth and firming but no full erection yet. The incision never gave me any trouble. Very little pain, healed up quickly
Overall, I am very pleased with my decision to go with my Dr. and the open RRP. Being so close to the hospital and Dr. was much easier on the family.
Which ever route you take it will be the right one for you.
PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
Biopsy - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate
RRP on Oct, 17 - Nerves on right side saved.
All Lab's clear. No Cancer outside prostate
Cathiter in for 3 weeks due to complications in healing. Removed Nov, 9
Next Dr. Appt and first Post op PSA on Dec, 11