In my obsessive searching on the internet, I have come across a number of terms and techniques that are evidently "enhancements" to the nerve-sparing prostatectomy:
1) Partial nerve sparing
2) nerve grafting
3) Veil of Aphrodite
4) bladder neck sparing
5) urethra sparing (same as above?)
6) seminal vesicle tip sparing
Which ones are promising and which ones are a joke?
Are there surgeons and/or techniques (i.e. robotic vs. "open" retropubic) that lend themselves to any particular enhancement?
Diagnosed 08/21/07 with T1c cancer
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive; 10% tissue
Gleason score: 3+3=6
PSA level prior to biopsy: 4.3 (velocity < 0.4ng/ml)
Prior biopsy 3 years ago was negative
Prostate is ~24g