It is very difficult to make a decision and i felt much the same but tried to look up as much information i could and found this site and it's members most helpful.One of the things that pushed me towards Brachytherapy was there seemed to be less intrusion on the body and bowl and urinery problems but also reading some of the other members post operation issues, bu many had little or no choice than to have the Radical removal because of high Gleason numbers.
There was one other factor that helped in the decision and that was a friend had had the brachytherapy two years earlier and was signed of in remission.
As to the operation at Mount Vernon my wife and daughter took me in on a Sunday afternoon and i was taken to a side room in the ladies section i think because they had no side rooms in the mens side and you have to be isolated because of the radioactive seed they put in you and you must stay away from pregnant woman and babies. A doctor came in an ask who i was as they could not find any notes, so not a great start but it became a standing joke as every nurse and doctor from then on knocked on my door and asked who i was.
Monday morning came i can't remember if i got any breakfast maybe a cup of tea as i was going down at 11oclock an that was fine with me as i hate any waiting about as it gives you more time to think.I think I may have been given some premeds but not to sure then wheeled across the carpark to the surgical unit and they where still asking about my notes.In no time at all i was in to the premed room with four nurses and just as the asked again about my paperwork the My Specialist doctor turned up and said no problem John i have all the notes with me, two minutes later i was under out and the first thing i remember was being wheeled back to the ward.
My first thoughts where great thats over and apart from a little discomfort down below all i wanted was something to eat and a cup of tea.After a good nights sleep the Specialist came in and told me the operation went well and as long as i was passing water ok i could go home the following day.
After the operation you have to pee into a bottle to make sure no seeds get lost and the have a geiger counter on the window sill to check,I had 16 bottles by the next morning as i think they have to be checked by Radioactive technician.
I was given the all clear to leave about 10 o'clock on doctors rounds but it took till three to get all the pill together to release me but that often happens in hospitals.
At home i just took it easy and took a couple of tablets a day to stop infection,Tamulosen to relax water works and laxatives that i never needed or used.I found i had urgency to pee and that could be every couple of hours and i was getting up four times a night but never had any accidents at all.
Hope this helps you a little and if you need any more advice please ask.