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Prostate Surgeons?

CycleRob
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Joined: Aug 2006

Any recommendations or (not) about prostate surgeons. I have talked to one in Atlanta but as I will be starting a new job in Alaska in August, I will have to fly to wherever I have my treatment. Any thoughts?

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jeffmtnman
Posts: 9
Joined: May 2005

Hi Rob,
I can only recomend the one I used. Dr Richard Greenberg, head of urology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pa. I had RP one year ago. Fortunatly my cancer was caught very early and I've been cancer free since. i think he's a great doctor. If your interested I'll dig out his phone number.

Blessed Be,
Jeff

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TomBk
Posts: 58
Joined: Jul 2005

my docotr was Daniel Culkins in the OU medical building in Oklahoma City, I was very happy with him. he is both the head of the Urology Department and a professor.

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rogermoore
Posts: 265
Joined: Mar 2002

I had my surgery at Vanderbilt Clinic in Nashville, TN. My surgeon was Dr. Joseph Smith. He is head of the Oncology and Urology Department. I have absolutely no side effects from the surgery.

Roger

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kaiepooh
Posts: 52
Joined: Mar 2004

My husband was a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. they are one of the top cancer centers in the US you can check out there web site www.mskcc.org good luck

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shipjim
Posts: 130
Joined: Apr 2006

Depending on your stage, look into Da Vinci robotics. Short down time only one repeat visit.
I'm sure you can get it in Seattle, I was in Feb 7, 2006that morning, walked around that pm and went home next day with virtually no pain, had the catheter out in 10 days and was done. Just get PSA checks now.

redsnapper
Posts: 2
Joined: Oct 2006

Robotic Da Vinci was the way to go.No heavey loss of blood and no scar down the middle. I had a catheter for 4 days and still leaking for(5)months.Are you in therapy for the same problem? mission144@aol.com

Bob_S
Posts: 9
Joined: Oct 2005

Dear Rob,
Before I chose a surgeon I read Dr. Patrick Walsh's book "Surviving Prostate Cancer" and became familiar with the various options that I had. There's an entire section in the book on how to choose a surgeon. I then went to Dana Farber Cancer Reseach Center which is associated with Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard University Medical School. Dana Farber took the team approach by having my records reviewed by the various diciplines- seeds, radiation, do nothing, and surgery. I then met with the heads of each department for a presentation and a recommendation. In the end it was my decision and I chose surgery because I felt that it gave me the best chance to get that crap out of my body and if that didn't work, radiation was my Plan B. I chose Dr. Jerome Richie, head of Urology at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Professor of Urolocal Studies at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Richie met all the criteria set up in Dr. Walsch's book and more. He also was highly recommended by a doctors who was a friend of the family who said he knew of other doctors who chose him as well.
Hope this helped! Please do your homework before you make your decision.
God bless you.
Bob

mavenpaul
Posts: 1
Joined: Jul 2006

I live in Portland, Oregon. My urologist does not operate anymore but sent me to Dr. Bruce Lowe here in Portland. I had the Da Vinci surgery in May of this year and came out just fine. Important thing to know when choosing a surgeon for this procedure is how many he has done. If the number is under 100 then you need to look for someone with more experience. Also, there is a book you should pick up:it is the only up to date book on the market and will answer most if not all of your questions. The author is Dr.Peter Scardino. I wrote to him after my surgery and he wrote back. Great guy and internationally respected. Good luck!

fcatroneo
Posts: 89
Joined: Jan 2007

I am sure you found a surgeon and had your surgery by now. I would recommend Dr. Fray Marshall at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. He is the #3 prostate surgeon in the country. He has done over 4000 surgeries and still does 4 every week. He did mine and I had no complications. After two weeks I am almost 100% on incontenance and I had sex with my wife the morning after getting my cat. out. He is great.

chas036
Posts: 1
Joined: Aug 2007

I am 56 and diagnosed in june 07 with PC. I had a Gleason of 6 and a PSA of 4.5. After the biospsy they found cancer in 2 of 12 samples at <5% cancer. I decided that I only wanted robotic surgery and not radiation, so I did extensive research about robotic surgery and surgeons. From what I researched, the general consensus seems to be that surgeons seem to reach their peak performance at about 200 surgeries give or take. Up to the 200 mark they are in a learning curve, but around that 200 number they seem to have seen all the various problems that can arise, and they fully mastered the da vinci system, so at that point they are as good as they will probably get. So when you see people talking about surgeons with numbers like 2000 or 3000 operations, in reality, they are probably no better than the surgeons with 200 or 300. What it boils down to is that you have to find someone you feel comfortable with. I live in upstate NY so I am close to many cancer centers with high profile surgeons like in NYC, Baltimore, Boston, etc. But after all my reserach I decided to go with a local surgeon close to where I live. His name is Dr Jean Joseph and he has done about 900 of this type of robotic surgery.

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