Hi, sorry you had to be here, but we are all here to help each other.
I am a big fan of the robot: more precision, minimally invasive, minimally traumatic, fast recovery, less blood loss, and all that.
May I suggest going to:
They have a list of all docs all over the country that use the robot.
Also, if you haven't found it, check out the section of www.msnbc.com called Low Blow. The site was started by an MSNBC writer who got PCa, and lives in the Seattle area. He chronicled his whole experience in a set of stories at that site, and there may be a lead for you there. I think his surgeon was a Dr. Christopher Porter at Virginia Mason Hospital.
The best, and welcome. Please keep us posted, and come back as you go through your planning. There is a lot of good advice here.
PSA (10/04): 2.9; PSA (2/06):4.4, on Androgel (serum T about 450) at age 56; negative DRE, no symptoms.
PSA (5/06):5.7 with a free PSA% of 8, OFF Androgel (serum T 163).
Biopsy (5/06): 4/12 samples positive; postitive samples only on right side; max Gleason 4+3=7 (in 2 of the 4 -from area nearest bladder.
DaVinci robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy + bladder lift + Right nerve plastic surgery (8/23/06).
Catheter out 4 weeks postop, due to internal pinhole leak at bladder-urethra junction.
Final pathology report:T2c-both sides,but in capsule; neg. margins, neg. lymph nodes, neg. seminal vesicles; final max Gleason still 4+3=7.
Follow-up PSA (11/06): <0.008; serum T: 195 OFF Androgel (at present).