I was told by my surgeon that I probably wasn't a candidate for robotic due to the size of my prostate. The 'normal' weight is around 25 grams. Mine was 110 grams, the largest doc had personally seen, and he has done hundreds. He said the size would require a larger
opening during robotic and would be counterproductive, as they would make a much larger incision, plus there was always the possibility of losing cancer cells while wrestling with something that size. I elected to have a conventional
open procedure, which went well, healed quickly and I am well satisfied with the results. Doc said he had to enlarge the
open incision even more to remove mine, so robotic definetly wasn't an option for me.
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7 06/05/07
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- 25mg Viagra nightly-no joy
10/19/07 Dry 24 hrs, pad at night just in case
11/15/07 1st PSA scheduled