When you are choosing a surgeon to treat your prostate cancer, it is important to select someone you trust and have confidence in. He or she should have enough experience to not only perform the operation you need but also to make an informed clinical judgment and change course, if necessary.
The prostate cancer experts at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance recommend choosing a surgeon who has done at least 250 prostatectomies (prostate removals) total and who does at least 40 a year.
As you consider your options, you might want to ask your surgeon these questions.
- Which procedure does your surgeon prefer and why?
- What type of surgery does he or she recommend for you?
- Is nerve-sparing surgery an option?
- How many of these surgeries has he or she performed?
- How many of these surgeries does he or she do each year?
- What are the statistics on incontinence and impotence for your surgeon’s patients?