Da Vinci allows for greater magnification and precision than laparoscopic, which is why I chose the former.
Also, I'd suggest going with the surgeon you feel best about
. That surgeon will have their own preferred method.
I used Dr. Reiter @ UCLA, and if need be, he will fall back on an
open surgery (if there is a malfunction with the robot, for example).
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
number of pads/day at 6 months after surgery: 0 to 1
1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006)
2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
ongoing post-surgery treatment:
Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily Cialis every other day, ErecAid pump twice daily (when I can manage it)