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craig10
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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/18/2010 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had surgery there? Does anyone know who is perhaps the best and most experienced da vinci surgeon there? If so-- What was your experience like? Thanks-- Craig
age 55, married, kids and grandkids
2008 psa 4.7
2010 psa 5.5
biopsy 2-10 -- 3 of 12 samples positive ca 60% 25% and 20%
perineural invasion not seen
location rt apex
3+4=7
waiting for second opinion, Aureon report and prostascint scan and treatment... scared.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/19/2010 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
My surgeon was Tim Wilson at CoH. I am functioning very well with the plumbing. No leaks and no ED drugs neededHe is very highly regarded as is Mark Kawachi. I know of others who had Kawachi and are also very happy with his work.

At the time of my surgery in February of 2007, both of these guys were at or over 1500 LARP's using the daVinci system. I imagine now they are over 2000 each. Kawachi and Wilson are regarded as two of the best surgeons in Southern California. Also in the area are USC, UCLA, and UCI. They have very highly regarded centers and surgeons as well. I chose CoH because of Wilson and first hand recommendations.

Important note:
My cancer was advanced. Surgery was successful in the surgical sense, but my 19.8 PSA and my stage of 3b indicated that I needed additional therapy. All things considered I am very satisfied with my starting point with CoH. I am in full remission.

Tony
Prostate Cancer Forum Co-Moderator

Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 2/18/2010 10:44:20 PM (GMT-7)


craig10
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 117
   Posted 2/19/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
TC-- Thanks SOOOO much--- I was looking at Wilson's info. I appreciate your taking the time... Chris
age 55, married, kids and grandkids
2008 psa 4.7
2010 psa 5.5
biopsy 2-10 -- 3 of 12 samples positive ca 60% 25% and 20%
perineural invasion not seen
location rt apex
3+4=7
waiting for second opinion, Aureon report and prostascint scan and treatment... scared.

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