West Coast Physician Referral - di vinci

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OregonPinot
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   Posted 5/20/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
This post relates to di vinci robotic surgeons.
 
I have di vinci surgeons locally (Oregon), but thought I would consider others elsewhere as alternatives. I am looking for experienced di vinci surgeons who have good pullthrough stats on: sucessful surgeries, ED and incontenance.
 
UCLA, for example, is rated as the #4 hospital for urology (US News - http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/best-hospitals/search.php?spec=ihqurol).

They have two di vinci surgeons. I called both. I asked if they could provide these statistics up front. They said they couldn't without a consultation. I accept their position but would rather know that they are a match for me (in terms of their experience and results) before I traveled down there to meet with them.

 
Do you have any feedback on how to get this data before meeting with potential surgeons and/or do you have any feedback on west coast di vinci surgeons - particularly those that work at the more accedited hospitals west coast?
 
I've seen a couple physician websites that tout the capabilities of their di vinci skills but these seem potentially too marketing oriented.
 
Thanks!!    
 
 
 
 
PSA:      9.95
Gleason: 7 (3/4)
CT:        No mets indciated beyond Prostate 


Tim G
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   Posted 5/20/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
In Seattle, John Corman,Virginia Mason Hospital and
William Ellis, University of Washington Medical Center, are both highly respected DaVinci prostatectomists.

PianoMan
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   Posted 5/20/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Check out Drs. Kawachi and Wilson at City of Hope in Duarte, California.  They have done thousands of Da Vinci procedures and I was very pleased with my experience there.  My surgeon was Kawachi.  Give them a call and they'll be glad to talk to you.
 
Best of luck,
Tom


D.O.B - 8/9/52

PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06.  Both lobes involved.  Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.

Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.  Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested.  12 percent overall.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07

Third post-surgery PSA -- Undetactable, 2/15/08

Surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia repair, 4/4/08 

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Doting Daughter
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   Posted 5/20/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
We were very pleased with Dr. Christopher Porter out of Seattle. He is also located at Virginia Mason and they were very accommodating for my dad, who was from out of town. He was voted one of the top surgeon's in Seattle magazine last year and we obviously were hoping for a different pathology report, but Dr. Porter was great through the entire process. Dr. Corman was another we were considering.
DX July 15, 2007. PSA 5.5
Age 62 (now 63)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
Praying for a cured dad. First PSA 3 months!


Tim G
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   Posted 5/20/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Doting Daughter said...
We were very pleased with Dr. Christopher Porter out of Seattle. He is also located at Virginia Mason and they were very accommodating for my dad, who was from out of town. He was voted one of the top surgeon's in Seattle magazine last year and we obviously were hoping for a different pathology report, but Dr. Porter was great through the entire process. Dr. Corman was another we were considering.

      Yes, you are right, Chayna, Christopher Porter in Seattle is another excellent DaVinci practictioner and highly adept with a robotic knife.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/20/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I second Kawachi and Wilson, but also include Peter Carroll at UCSF.

Wilson did an outstanding job on me at CoH.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
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hawkfan75
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Total Posts : 165
   Posted 5/20/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been very happy with the care I received at Virginia Mason in Seattle.  They have a couple of great Davinci doctors in Dr. Porter and Dr. Korman.  My secondary radiation treatment was done there as well, and I have nothing but good things to say about that facility and their staff.
Age 57 at diagnosis,  PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year ago)
Biopsy November 8, 2006 1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA:  March 5:  0.01    5 month PSA  0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26 with Zoladex injection
Radiation began August 23, ended October 8
First post radiation PSA, December 18, 2007:  0;  March 2008 - still 0
 
 

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