Les & DB,
It sounds like you two have done a lot of research already. I didn't catch DB's age.
I don't think it is relevant for the questions you asked.1)
Constipation will require some strategy from your surgical team - and it can strain the urethra sutures some.
Opiate based pain killers do cause constipation. I'm not certain about
It will likely require less pain killers with Robotic.
2) One member here has a doctor who was keeping records to prove the open surgery had better recovery rates from both incontinence and E.D. His last report was that he had proven Robotic had better healing rates for both. One doctor does not a statistic make..... The consensus I've read is that an experienced open surgeon is usually a better bet than a beginner robotic - especially both a 'beginner robotic & novice open...."
Experience being the key word. Your surgeon's 100 robotic surgeries is not the magic number everyone here asks for. However, if he/she has done 1000 open and has great success rates with incontinence and E.D. (especially with the 100 robotic!), I personally would not hesitate.
3) Some believe the bone scan and/or CT are stat.
However, with your low numbers and plan to remove it, many like you do not receive either.
4.) Ask about recovery rates for incontinence and E.D.
Ask how long the catheter will stay in. (Many surgeons remove it in one week. Some in 3 weeks. They may leave it in 3 weeks if constipation strains the urethra sutures.)
Read Bluebird & Buddy's Journey and as many others as you can for questions.
There may be a thread on questions in helpful hints. I recall Swim always seems to have the best short list of questions.
I always suggest a second opinion from the best facility you can manage. Even if you have no intention of using the second source, it is a great place to field questions and reaffirm what you believe/plan.
5) There are lymph nodes in so many places. I'm not certain but I believe in an RP they check those nodes in the "pubic" cavity (not abdominal) and some of the lower glands they check while there might be inside the thighs. If they do check yours, the decision to do so is often done while they are inside. I'm not certain it is always done, especially with low numbers and apparent containment visually verified while inside.
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