To Cynthia and David:
I learned after extensive research that if you opt for surgery, your next #1 decision should be the surgeon, not the type of procedure. You want to make sure that your surgeon has extensive experience (which means a good patient track record for success) and exemplar credentials (he's smart). There are experts at lap surgery, Rob/lap surgery and open surgery. I could not find a single surgeon who was an expert at more than one. Therefore, when you go to a urologic surgeon, he will tout only whatever procedure falls within his expertise.
Not all surgeons are experts (in other words, not all have extensive experience and exemplar credentials). I suggest you make your decision primarily on the fact that your chosen one meets the high standards of excellence I set when making my selection this past June.
For example, my chosen one was based at Hopkins and had performed more than two thousand "open" prostatectomies over the past 15 plus years. He had an excellent track record and is reknowned in the academic field. My surgery took one hour, I was hospitalized 48 hours, I did not need a transfusion because I lost little blood, I used only 28 pads total (one per day for four weeks when I went pad free), I returned to work part time 12 days post surgery (office job) and full time four weeks post surgery, recommenced my running exercise program six weeks post surgery and was up to seven miles at the seven week mark with no stamina or continent problems (9:30 mile pace). Age 50 at time of surgery. <0.1 PSA three months post-surgery. I give credit for the success of surgery and speed of recovery to God and my surgeon's ability.
The point I'm making here for you is the type of procedure should not be your #1 concern. There are urologic surgeons who are "experts" as I have described and there are those who are not at that level of skill and brilliance. You should set as your #1 criteria the selection of nothing short of an "expert" to perform whatever procedure he specializes. That's how you get the result I got a few months ago.