I was told of many advantages for the laproscopic surgery. The expected blood loss is 50-200 ccs compaired to 800-1000ccs for the open proceedure. The prostate is located in the bottom of a dark hole, like the tapering shape of a funnel, surrounded by many important structures. The DaVinci robot provides superior lighting and a camera lens that goes down into that now, well lit hole and provides the surgeon with a high quality view of a difficult environment to operate within. When delicate structures like nerves, arteries, and veins are manipulated, lighting and excellent vision of the surgical field is essential. These are the reasons that I selected laproscopic surgery rather then an open RP.
52 y/o, DRE negative due to anterior nodule in R lobe
3-2007: PSA 4.1, slowly rising from previous year
9-4-07: Biopsy +7 of 14 on R, 25%, Gleason 3+4, Stage T2a
10-4-07: LaproscopicRP in Miami, clear margins, 3+4 confirmed
10-29-07 PSA < 0.1, done in 3.5 weeks by my local urologist
11-17-07 (6wks) found this group, limp & leaky, but feeling like one of the guys due to all of the knowledge & caring of this group.