Originally Posted by laswell
Talked to 3 surgeons in Texas - Slawin in Houston performs this surgery w/ the extraperitoneal method. He feels this is safer because no entry into the abdominal cavity. The other 2 use the intraperitoneal because there is more room and faster.
Anyone know the lowdown?
Most experienced surgeons, the surgeons with tons of time working with the da Vinci system, have their experience in the intraperitoneal method. With the extraperitoneal method, additional clinical experience is required. I went with a surgeon who had nearly 1000 intraperitoneal method da Vinci procedures under his belt.
I wouldn't be too concerned about which da Vinci method is used, rather, I'd be looking for a surgeon with the most time doing the exact same procedure. Extraperitoneal or intraperitoneal? Don't matter, as long as he can do it in his sleep!
My da Vinci experience was uneventful.