Interesting article. I, too, am initially skeptical of any institution that would toot its own horn in this fashion, in what appears to be a marketing scheme. It IS possible that the "surgeons" at HF are not responsible for this article/website. It might just be the Public Relations organization at Henry Ford that have put together the website. If the surgeons are involved, or are aware of the boastful nature of H/F, then I am uncomfortable with such in your face claims.
My surgeon is known around the world, and is considered one of the best in the country - possibly in the world. Yet, you would never hear him, or his institution, or the institution's website make such claims about
him. When surgeons, or institutions have good solid reputations, they do not need to toot their own horn, it just somehow gets around that they are the best. Do you think that you would find the same type of article at Johns Hopkins website, or about
Dr. Patrick Walsh? Hardly. Yet, Hopkins and Walsh are known around the world for their expertise. (Walsh was not my surgeon, by the way).
In defense of the surgeons at H/F, I am willing to accept that they are excellent. I would probably feel fine about
referring someone there (if my institution and/or surgeon was busy.
However, i just don't like a surgeon or an institution that heals people to be arrogant about
it. It just doesn't seem right.
8/1/2008: PSA 6.2, GP recommended retake.
8/27/2008: PSA 5.8 (%free 12.1) referred to Urologist.
9/10/2008: DRE - non palpable. Urologist recommended biopsy
10/2008 Biopsy appt:
10/21/2008: Biopsy results; 1 positive out of 10 samples.
Biopsy Results: Gleason 7 (3+4) , no evidence of perineural invasion.
Referred to UCSF
12/19/2008: Transrectal Ultrasound at UCSF
12/19/2008: Consultation with Surgeon.
Surgeon concurred on Gleason 7=3+4 (per slides).
2/24/2009: Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy (DaVinci) UCSF
3/5/09: Cathetor removal.
Post Op Pathology: margins negative/clear, Gleason 4+3=7
4/8/09: first post-op Ultrasensative PSA: less than 0.01
Currently taking Viagra, Levitra (tried Cialis).
Purchased and using Osbon manual pump.