I'm greatly relieved to read that you are in touch with Dr. Menon. He is one of the most experienced da vinci surgeons in the world. I considered having him perform my surgery. One of the main reasons I went with Dr. Vipul Patel at Ohio State was that my insurance would cover, in addition to the medical treatment costs, all the travel and lodging, etc.
Regarding the question posted above about how a surgeon could be over 1,000 surgeries, I can answer that. My surgeon is doing 5-6 surgeries a day, 3 days a week. He is now at 1,700+ surgeries. Menon is similar. There are no more experienced da vinci surgeons anywhere in the world.
Regarding nerve sparing, DO NOT GO TO your current urologist who expressed doubts about being able to spare the nerves. Let an expert like Menon or Patel or one of the other top guys make that judgement call. With da vinci, nerve sparing is the norm, not the exception.
I read your other thread in which you expressed (understandably) your frustration at your urologists slowness in attacking this disease. It is regrettable but not necessarily a complete disaster. This is a comparitively slow growing disease and you are in touch with a top Doc. If anyone can treat this disease, Menon can.
BTW, I'll just mention that you may want to confirm whether your insurance has any additional resources available to you, as a cancer patient. I found my ins (UHC) has a cancer resource center. When you're diagnosed, and you call them, they basically open another insurance policy on you that provides access to 20 "centers of excellence" for treatment. Depending on who your insurance is with, you may have something similar.
Best regards and you will be in my prayers
<FONT color=#0000ff>PSA 3.76, Gleason 6, T1c, scans negative
Da vinci robotic surgery May 31, 2007, nerves spared
Clear margins, clean pathology report
Catheter out at 4 days
Down to one pad/day at 6 weeks.
Back to work at about 5.5 weeks and getting back to normal. AND I'm now a new grandfather and discovering more reasons to survive well than I ever could have thought of before...
Pad free at 10 weeks