I had my da Vinci surgery with Dr. Vipul Patel at the OSU medical center and had to travel out-of-state to see him. I was near his 2000th procedure. I am extremely pleased with the results. Although the outcome was very good, I had an inflamed prostate discovered during surgery even though I had waited the prescribed 8+ weeks since the biopsy. I don't know if this was simply due to my particular prostate needing more time to recover or from some underlying condition like prostititis. Dr. Patel stated that my visit to OSU was, to paraphrase, "well worth your trip", and that the outcome might not have been as good "500 or 1000 surgeries ago". This implies that experience beyond the "few hundred" robotic procedures, often used and a guideline for adequate robotic experience, could be important in some cases. Although I had no expectation of a difficult surgery going into it, the added experience could have made a difference in my particular case.
Father diagnosed and cured at age 52.
08/21/07: Diagnosed with T1c cancer
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive; 10% tissue
Gleason score: 3+3=6
PSA level prior to biopsy: 4.3 (velocity < 0.4ng/ml)
10/19/07: da Vinci prostatectomy by Dr. Vipul Patel at OSUMC.
Difficult surgery due to prostate inflammation.
Both nerve bundles spared.
Spongy erections began within 24hrs of surgery!
10/24/07: Catheter out; down to 1 Serenity pad/day next day.
Final pathology: neg margins, no capsular penetration,
Gleason 3+3=6, 5% tumor involvement, multi-focal.
11/04/07 First usable erection with Cialis