There are only a handful of surgeons in Britain who do Retzius-sparing surgery and I chose the foremost one who has over 3000 prostatectomies under his belt. He learnt his craft from Professor Rha in South Korea and Professor Bocciardi in Milan who is really the pioneer of the technique.
Professor Whocannotbenamed here uses a supra-pubic catheter not involving the urethra, meaning that you are virtually continent the day the catheter is removed on day 10 and you have no sensation of pissing razor blades! Be prepared for one or two accidents though, and invest in a waterproof mattress protector, about a tenner from eBay or Dunelm Mills.
I read here daily about post-operative problems, including one guy who says he has had abdominal pain for three and a half years and another who has been incontinent for five years. I can honestly say I have had more pain from a sore throat and am dry as a bone.
They key is to go with a high-volume surgeon. Even the Professor’s protégés at his hospital have only done a handful of Retzius-sparing procedures between them because of their technical complexity, despite them being fully-qualified consultant urological surgeons, whereas he does 300-400 a year. My local surgeon does about 70 prostatectomies a year, which is why I travelled to Guildford.
Retzius-sparing or not, unfortunately I now have total erectile dysfunction currently, and around 2” of length seems to have been lost somewhere in the operating theatre. I had partial nerve-sparing on one side, and they say it takes up to two years to recover, so I am looking forward to rampant sex some time in 2020!
I am so pleased with my operation as I seem to have been cured (for now), and I will send the Prof. a bottle of Champagne at Christmas, together with a can of WD40 for his pet robot, Da Vinci.
The Professor charges £19,950 for the surgery in his private clinic, or it‘s ‘free‘ on the NHS if you join his short waiting list.
All the best, whichever way you go.
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