I will note that I chose the UCLA robotic surgeon over a very experienced
open surgeon at USC (not that the UCLA guy was not very experienced with
open, and he said if he ran into problems during robotic, he'd make the switch during surgery).
open surgery guy at USC seemed cocky about
his skills, while the UCLA guy was more analytic and emphasized the need to have negative margins (while the USC guy emphasized being able to have erections and lack of blood loss). My wife disagreed with my choice, but I had to do what made sense to me. Everyone has to make the choice that makes sense to them. It didn't hurt that I went to UCLA and was very comfortable at the UCLA hospital.
Get multiple opinions (surgeons, radiologists, etc) and go with makes you feel most comfortable and don't second guess! At least as much as you can help it.
Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: 3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score: 3+4=7
negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
first post-surgery PSA: 0
ongoing post-surgery treatment: Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily