It may be an unpopular opinion but I am not a big fan of laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. After speaking at length with Dr. Sheinfeld at SK, and why he finds the surgery risky and showing long term problems, I was set straight.
When we started our quest to find an RPLND doc (of course we did not know about this wonderful forum) it took us to many places. We found a few doctors that were willing to do the procedure laparoscopic...but after finding Dr. S we changed our minds and it was scary how close we came to selecting the lapro. option. Dr. S had treated men that have gotten this surgery done lapro and they leave tiny amounts of tissue and cancer behind. And when the cancer returned, it was more agressive.
The up sides to the shorter hospital stay and ability to consume food/drink more quickly is a nice selling feature of the operation. But for my money I just want it done right the first time. I am SURE there are people that have had the Laparoscopic RPLND done and had GREAT results. But for me, I want there to be more experience with it before I would select this for my family member. I guess you could say that Dr. Sheinfeld was very convincing.
Co-survivor with husband Boyce, Diagnosed 7-11-06, orchiectomy right testicle on 7-12-06- Stage 3A: Mixed germ cell tumor with inguinal seminomatous and kartotypic carcinoma. One tumor over 10 cm, second tumor 4 cm, Chemo 4xBEP: Bi-lateral RPLND Dec 2006, nerve sparing but left sterile.
Current testosterone replacement therapy, Testim.
"You must abandon the life you planned, to live the life that was meant for you" ~wisdom I have learned from my family on this forum