From what I have read on this forum, the Robotic or Da Vinci takes less time to heal but the outcome seems to be the same. I had the open. There have been times I felt I should have had the robotic, but the more I've read on here the more I see that regardless of the method, it takes time to get over the surgery.
It appears to me that to have any method of surgery that the outcome is (1) incontinence for a time...less time for some and more for others... I'm in the category of having very slow recovery of incontinence. (2) impotence for a time. More time for some and less time for others.
My analysis of this may not be trustworthy. I've had little improvement with incontinence or impotence. If I had robotic, would I be much improved by now? Nobody seems to know for sure. Surely others will respond to your question.
First biopsy 07/05;
Diagnosed: "Suspicious looking cells". Dr. says wait and watch.
Second biopsy: 12/27/06
Diagnosed cancer: 01/24/07
Gleason Grade: 3+3=6
Radical Open Nerve-sparing Prostatetomy: 02-14-07
Cancer confined to prostate
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
First Post-Op PSA on 04-18-07: 0.011
Bleeding problem at 6 weeks post surgery...No resolution despite several trips to surgeon, antibiotic treatment.
05/31/07: Cystoscope reveals "stone", due to "Stricture" (narrowing of uretha at prostate removal site).
06/12/07: Procedure to remove stone & dilate uretha at stricture: Successful procedure, but is most likely a temporary fix, and incontinence continues.
8/16/07: Start bleeding again in urine. Get to see a new urologist same day. He thinks stricture is back, but send home with Cipro.
8/20/07: Go back to dr. for cystoscope. "No sign of stricture"! Wonderful news! Still leaking.
8/31/07: Back to new urologist for regular check up & received 2nd post-op Psa. It was 0.05 (non-deteactable). PTL! But still leaking
8/31/07: First Bio Feedback session. The little lady is very positive that I can gain control. That's what I want more than her. New urologist is not very sold on effectiveness of Kegals???
9/19/07: Finished 4 Bio Feedback sessions. No imporovement with leaking. Recommended possible callegen implant. She noticed from 8/20 cysto that my sphincter was ... too short?... huh?