Website to locate a da Vinic surgeon

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 184
   Posted 2/18/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)

I ran across a web site that will allow one to locate a physician that uses the da Vinci robot
Age 51, (50 at DX)
Pre - Op PSA, 4.3
Gleason 3+4=7
Stage T1C
da Vinci Prostatectomy 8/1/08
No issues with incontinence since day 1 after catheter removal
ED, need a little help from Levitra
First post op PSA 11/11/08, 0.00
Second post op PSA 2/10/09, 0.00

Post Edited (coxjajb) : 2/18/2009 7:41:32 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 2/18/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
This could be useful; however, newly-diagnosed men would be well advised not to buy the hype of the Da Vinci as a cure itself. Rather, men need to properly assess the man that controls the robot - not just the robot. Studies have shown that the cure rate for radical prostatectomy is that same, whether it is done by the Da Vinci, by laparascopic, or by the traditional open method. I cannot say this enough - there is no difference in the cure rate! The most important factor is the experience and skill of the physician performing the procedure.

Here are the first four questions I think a newly-diagnosed man should ask every physician with whom he consults (and if you're not consulting with more than one, shame on you!) These will help you ascertain the experience and skill of said doc:

1) How many men with prostate cancer have you personally treated?

2) Do you keep a database of all the men you have treated, ie, do you track all the men you've treated?

3) How many of these men have PSA 0.2 ng/ml 10 years after treatment?

4) If you were to treat my particular case of prostate cancer, based on other men you've treated with similar pre-treatment characteristics, what is my precise chance of achieving PSA 0.2 ng/ml 10 years after treatment?

If a doc can't, or won't, answer those questions, then he doesn't really know how effective he is at curing prostate cancer - he's just guessing.

Any man that has been diagnosed - ask these questions of your urologists that want to cut on you and the rad oncs that want to irradiate you. Then ask a lot more questions...

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1132
   Posted 2/18/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Both are you posts are great. One person suggested I ask the doctor if he ever lost a patient on the operating table. I never asked but asked about every other question. I also suggest the newly diagnosed take a tape recorder with them to the consultation. I was so stressed out and thought I could remember everything the doctor said. I was wrong and had to call back to get answer.
Age 48
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
decision - surgery (robotic)
surgery may 9, 2008 - houston, tx
pathology report -gleason 8
margins clear
9 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue

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