I am fortunate that my local hospital carries an excellent reputation for its urology services. From my first consultation with my surgeon I felt i was in safe and capable hands. He instilled confidence and was always honest about his outcomes, his expectation for my personal outcome, how I would feel about surgery immediately post op and the months ahead. In addition he was enthusiastic about his continence sparing technique and that was important for me. Interestingly he was also honest and positive about brachytherapy. I left the consultation knowing I was going to have surgery but knew I also had to give brachytherapy some consideration. It’s hard to answer how to choose your surgeon, I think i just knew instinctively he was the man for the job. I didn’t research him and his statistics until after I had made my decision but only out of curiosity. Of the two surgeons who perform robotics at my local hospital, he I think he fact may have performed less but I still wanted to stay with him.
Brachytherapy was certainly attractive and again my oncologist was very convincing but it boiled down to personal choice and potential side effects outcomes in the months ahead. I also felt comforted by the fact I could turn to radiotherapy if needed in the future if I chose the surgical route first.
From date of referral to today the urology team as a whole have been exemplary. It’s still early days but to date everything he said would or hoped to happen has happened and I will always be grateful to him and his team. Im not sure how you get referred out of area but I’m sure either people on here or your GP would be able to advise.
One last piece of advice though - start your pelvic floor exercises now if you haven’t already done so!
Wishing you the best of luck