Anyone had any experience with MY Surgeon?

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I have hesitated to ask the forum about my surgeon. I wasn't sure if it was proper with the rules of the forum until I read a post today with this same sort of subject. So I guess it's okay.

I have selected Dr. Mani Menon, of the Henry Ford Medical Institute in Detroit, for my surgery.

Have any of you had personal experience with Dr. Menon or know of someone who has?

I met with Dr. Menon and his staff a few weeks ago and left the meetings feeling very comfortable. My surgery is scheduled for September 17th and as the day draws nearer a lot of stuff starts going through your head. You think about all of the important decisions you have made through life and the many times you second guessed yourself. However all of those decisions seem to definitely pale in comparison to this one.

This board seems to be the most active, knowledgeable and supportive of the many that I have seen so I reaching out to you guys.

Any information at all would be welcome at this point in my journey down the path.

Thanks guys,

60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery set for September 2009 with Dr. Mani Menon at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit.

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
No personal knowledge, but his name pops up here, highly recommended often, by some of the regulars. They should be along shortly, I hope.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
22 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix 30/1/20-.05ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each test since surgery

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 8/29/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
We all start getting a little nervous before our big date but don't worry. You did your research, you studied, you read, you sought input, you have made a decision.
I've read some about your Doctor but have no personal experience with him. I even considered seeing him but felt I was being strongly led to a different Doctor by things that were happening that I could not ignore. Don't start second quessing your decision. It's normal to want to know as much about your Doctor as you can find after all he is going to be performing a very detailed important surgery on you.
If you ever want to chat off line shoot me an email at be glad to discuss anything with you.

Age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Father treated for Prostate Cancer in 1997 with Proton Beam - Still doing well.
My Stats
Biopsy 04/08 12 cores, 5 positive
Gleason 3 Cores at 4+3=7, 2 Cores at 3+4=7
Perineural Invasion Noted on biopsy

Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Post Surgery - Dr. Spared 100% of Nerves on the left side.
Estimated that 50 - 70% of the nerves were spared on the right side.
Final Path report
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear
Positive Margin 1.8 cm in length Noted in Right Apex

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