robotic/lap. recomendations, please.

BobinChiTown Member Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Prostate Cancer #1
I was diagnosed in late July. After much research I've decided my best alternative is surgery: a Gleason of 8, at least 3 positive sites on the moderately enlarged prostate, PSA of 4.5 and 54 years young.

I'm inclined to got w/the robotic lap. but have several questions to resolve: how much experience should a Dr. have to be considered "competent" w/this technique? Can they get a good enough section of the lymph nodes for post op. biopsy? If I select and "out of town" Dr. how (w/whom) do I handle f/u visits?

W/enough constructive input I hope to make a final decision this week and have the surgery w/in a month.

Any help or advise is appreciated.