Hi, Las - good for you on scheduling a visit with your two choices in surgeons. We selected Dr. Fagin based on his availability for discussion, credentials and face-to-face impression. He took 2.5 hours with the actual procedure. (And our opinion going in was the less time under the knife/anesthesia, the better.) In other words, he won't rush through, which would be common on any physician's schedule, I imagine. We liked the fact that he was younger - we joked with the staff about him teething on a game console. He also seems to have boundless energy - his first rounds post-surgery started at 5 a.m.
A second plus is his post-surgical rehab program - he's eager to see men of all ages return to as much of a normal life as possible and does everything in his power to see that it happens. His team is exceptional; the hospital is equally outstanding.
Third, he took us even on Medicare, which is basically hideous when it comes to reimbursing a fair amount. And he continues to have us come back for rehab discussions and PSA checkups, in spite of that.
You'll be in great hands, whoever you choose. We know these decisions are not easy. Good luck.
Husband age 66
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06 - Austin, TX w/Dr. Randy F.A.G.I.N.
T2a (at biopsy)
At pathology - cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/06, 4/07 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now - Next one: 10/16/07