I believe that we forget to add this question when new members come here and ask "what are some questions for my doctor"...
Will you be performing the surgery or will someone else?
The consensus from the field of experts is that the skill surgeon matters. I don't know to what degree that is compromised when a resident or less experienced doctor does the surgery even under our "preferred" experts supervision, but this should be the patients choice ~ not the insurance companies or the institutions.
However, I would be somewhat not surprised when and insurance carrier gets a price break when a resident is selected as opposed to an expert.
I have a terrific surgeon from the City of Hope coming to our UsTOO group in February. I will ask him this question. I will get his take on it and post it in this thread. Also, I will reach out to another surgeon today and get his take on it, too...
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas
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