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Had mine done at the University of Chicago Hospital the 4th of this month by a surgeon with over 800 da Vinci procedures. During my original consultation I asked him about the time length of the operation and he said he can do them between 90 minutes and two hours. My operation lasted 4 hours and everything went fine but since this is a reaching hospital I just assumed that I was the "subject" of the lesson being taught that day.
Also during the initial consult I I asked him if he would be the only surgeon working on me and he said," Well, you know this is a teaching institution and there will be more than one surgeon in the operating room, but I will do all of the delicate work, like cancer control, nerve preservation and the fine suturing of the urethra to the bladder." So, thinking back on that statement, I am quite sure that some new surgeons took their turns "practicing" on me, hence the extra 2 hours.
The outcome according to the pathologist's report was great, the surgical margins were clean, the cancer was capsule-contained and the lymph nodes were negative for cancer cells.
If your surgeon has done quite a few (hundreds) regular lap procedures I think he would know what doing but if you are not comfortable you should ask him more questions. He may be working together with another surgeon who has a lot of experience with the da Vinci.
I've decided to have the traditional surgery. After reading thousands of testimonials, and doing hours of research there is one thing for sure when choosing ANY method:THE SKILL OF THE SURGEON IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR. You only get ONE shot at this. Ask your urologist if maybe you have time time to do just a little more research. Big hospital, experienced surgeon. Good luck. Dave
“The doc I had do mine had done over 1500 when he did mine. but because he did that many does that make him the best ? Some people do things numerous times and only get so good at it.”
And that’s a very good point. That’s why the advice from old hands in the prostate cancer business is that when choosing a surgeon or radiologist or anyone who is going to treat you, that you not only look at the number of procedures they have done, bit what the outcome was. Good doctors will be only too happy to share this data with you – if they don’t have it, or won’t share it, it is better to look for someone who will.