I chose robotic surgery in Jan 14 when I was diagnosed. At the time, it was that or radiation.
I felt surgery gave me the best chance of the gold ring, the cure. I also felt comfortable in the hands of a very skilled surgeon.
It was a very successful surgery, T2CNoMx, GS8, margins, ECE and seminal vesicles negative.
I was up and walking the afternoon after my surgery and discharged the next day. At home I started with short walks and gradually increased them. The catheter was not an issue, didn’t need any pain medications.
A week after surgery I was playing basketball, the catheter came out and I was dry, the surgery was nerve sparing so recovered function in 12-18 months with the help of Cialis.
I felt that if surgery failed, radiation would be an option to treat recurrence, the opposite was not necessarily true. So, having an option in case of failure, BCR, was important to me.
You can research pre-operative advice, if you go the surgery route your medical team should give you pre and post operative instructions, heck, there are videos you can watch of the surgery if you want, I did.
My surgery was successful in the hands of a very skilled surgeon and his supporting team.
Unfortunately I had BCR after only 18 months, SRT failed but after doing 18 months of ADT, six cycles of taxotere and 25 more radiation treatments my PSA remains undetectable a year after completing that regimen.
If you decide on surgery the choice of your surgeon is important. It helps if you are in good physical shape and your health is good, weight, BP, cardio…I was 57, weight under control, I was physically active, played basketball, lifted weights, ride my bike, swam, hiked in the mountains, went skiing…
Times have changed since my surgery and there are many more treatment choices, better imaging than the CT and MRI, combination therapy, just depends on how aggressive you and your medical team want to be but the tenets remain the same, do your homework, know your options, make your decision based on quality of life, side affects, possibility of a cure or length of remission. Be at peace with that decision and enjoy your time after in remission.
I hope whatever your decision it brings you long term remission or that “cure!”