As the others have said I traveled a great distance to see Dr. Menon. I spent 2 days interviewing him and his staff on anything and everything about
their procedures should I choose him.
It was a no brainer on my part. My insurance company said he is one of the highest rated for da vinci of any in the country. One of their key stats they keep is the amount of complications afterward. The fact that he has little to none speaks to his abilities.
The care and compassion of his staff is only second to the absolute concern, care and compassion of the man himself. When my surgery was complete it was he himself that called my wife back in Orlando and spoke to her at length about
I consider my surgery a success even though I am now faced with IMRT. I don't consider it anything he did or did not do as a reason that some of the little bastich PCa cells are still left in me.
One more thing. His method of surgery and care and improvements mean you won't have to have a normal catheter. He has some very sound reasoning for doing away with the Foley and using the Supra Pubic catheter. The guys here at HW were amazed with my daily posts at my quick recovery, lack of pain and immediate success with continence following the surgery. Never took a pain pill and was walking 2-3 miles per day the day after I was discharged from the hospital.
I am not a salesman for Dr. Menon or Henry Ford Institute, this is just the facts about
my experiences with him.
It has been clear that you tend to worry about
a lot of the little things and the extremes that can happen. I really feel that you owe it to yourself to go see the man, talk with he and his staff and take that part of the equation of your worry list.
This is provided of course that "YOU FIND OUT YOU IN FACT DO HAVE PCA". Remember the jury is still out on that one.
It your tests come back with an extreme case of BPH or something else, you will have sure used up your yearly allowance for worry, concern, research, and gasoline that you have used in that race car of yours, which you have kept at full throttle.
Best of luck on the biopsy, may it come back clean and without merit.
61 years old
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 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
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology:
Gleason: Changed to (4+3) = 7
Tumor Volume 12.5%
NERVES SPARED-positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT scheduled to begin Nov 30,2009 (74 days post surgery)
Post Edited (Sonny3) : 11/25/2009 4:30:11 PM (GMT-7)