Oct 14, 2009 - 9:05 pm
I am new to this whole discussion board concept. I have been reading this one for awhile and must say it has been very helpful. Everyone is very nice and specific with helpful details. I was diagonosed with prostate cancer August 27th. I am 55. My Gleason was 4+3=7. My psa was 3.2 (doubled in the past 18 months). I was positive in 3 out of 12 samples. I am scheduled to have da vinci prostatectomy on November 9th. I like the doctor and hospital I have found very much.
But here (among other things) is my concern. The Journal of the American Medical Association just release a report stating da vinci surgery is better for less pain and blood loss during surgery and post operative recovery time, but not much, if any over traditional surgery when it comes to incontinence and impotence. In fact, it states the impotence recovery is better statistically with traditional surgery. This is certainly throwing me a curveball mentally. I am meeting my surgeon again on October 30th, along with my wife to discuss the post operative preparations and procedure, but now wonder if da vinci while very good is still not the gold standard for post operative issues. Maybe I am just over-thinking and worrying too much given the circumsatances. But so many of you here seem so genuine, smart, and considerate that I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks.