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   Posted 1/7/2011 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Last week, after the nitwit who calls himself a urologist nearly killed me, I am off to find a new DaVince surgeon.

Please.....all I want to know is if anybody has any experience with Dr. Johnathan Colberg at Yale New Haven.

I know there are good surgeons in Hartford. and elsewhere.

52 yr old, PSA 3.5, Gleason 6 with 3 of 4 top nodes (0%;1%;10%;1%) cancerous. Bottom 2 floors are clean.

Currently searching for a new urologic surgeon, as my first almost killed me.

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   Posted 1/7/2011 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you refresh our memories : what happened

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   Posted 1/8/2011 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Dave, I try to be a lighthearted, positive guy, but there is nothing lighthearted, or positive, about being near killed by anything, or anyone, much less a doctor!

All the best finding a new da Vinci guy/gal.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010  less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02 
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02

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   Posted 1/8/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -6)

There you are Mel!

I'm exhausted telling the story over. In a week, my saga got bumped back to page 6!

Edited to add clickable links to your URL.

Post Edited By Moderator (James C.) : 1/8/2011 7:28:55 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/8/2011 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Dave. Remember, somebody has to graduate at the bottom of the class. As long as they are not practicing on me...
Hopefully you will get some good recommendations

Red Nighthawk
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   Posted 1/8/2011 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard great things about Dr. Joseph Wagner.

If I did not like Dr. Hu upon my initial meeting I was going to see Dr. Wagner. He had done over 1,100 da vinci robotics as of over a year ago.

Good luck.
Age: 63
Gleason grade: 3+4=7, pT2c NX MX
Robotic RP: Sept. 15th, 2009
No lymphatic/vascular invasion, seminal vesicles, margins tumor free.
Pre surgery PSA: 4.1
Post surgery PSA's: .04, .03, .02, .05, .02
ED: Improvement slow but there are positive signs. No incontinent issues.
Surgery: Dr. Jim Hu. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's, Boston

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   Posted 1/9/2011 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi GTO Dave,

Is this the screwy Dr and NP that did not force you to take a urine test AFTER you told them NO that you did not want to do the test ?

And they almost killed you over an almost contracted infection from an almost surgery

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   Posted 1/9/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
GTO, Don't know Colberg and I have not heard of him. Yale has a very good reputation though. I had surgery with Dr Wagner at Hartford Hosp and was very happy. Dr Kessler at CT Surgical is also supposed to be very good. I have also heard very good things about a Dr Friedmann (sp?) that works out of Backus Hosp in Norwich. Good luck in your search. BB
Dx PCa Dec 2008 at 56, PSA 3.4
Biopsy: T1c, Geason 7 (3+4) - 8 cores, 4 positive, 30% of all 4 cores.
Robotic Surgery March 2009 Hartford Hospital, Dr Wagner
Pathology Report: T2c, Geason 8, organ confined, negitive margins, lymph nodes negitive - tumor volume 9%, nerves spared, no negitive side effects of surgery.
PSA's < .01, .01, .07, .28, .50. HT 5/10. IMRT 9/10.
PSA's post HT .01, < .01
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