Tamu, Jayman56, others... who was your surgeon? How satisfied are you?

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   Posted 2/7/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Tamu and Jayman56,
I've posted this question to each of you before but know how often such things are overlooked down at the bottom of a thread...Sorry if my question might seem intrusive, but your descriptions of your recoveries are pretty heartening so that I'm just really curious where each of you went for treatment and who did your surgery.  I'm still deciding where to go. My insurance will cover Vattikutti, MSK, Hopkins and James Cancer Ctr at Ohio St. I could add Vanderbilt if necessary. Obviously, I'm willing to travel.
Anyone else want to share who their surgeon was or how they feel they are doing in their recovery of continence and EF?  I know this will be a non-scientific poll, but I'm wondering what you all think, in retrospect, of your surgeon's results with you.

Age, 53
PSA 3.76, Gleason 6, T1c, scans negative
psa doubling time 35 months
Still researching and deciding treatment options.  Leaning towards da vinci robotic.

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   Posted 2/7/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Paul's was David Wood at University of Michigan. He, Menon and Tewari (and ?) were all close collegues during the development phases of robotic urologic surgeries.

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   Posted 2/7/2007 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgery was done at the Vattikuti Institute at Henry Ford in Detroit. It was Nov 1 06. I was very satisfied with the care I recieved during the whole process. After surgery I did not need any pain meds stronger than Tylenol3 which they wanted me to take for the perenium pain. They have a technique that they call the "veil of aphrodite" which really concentrates on nerve sparing. I am now only using 1 pad a day mostly for coughing or sneezing. ED is coming along pretty good with levitra and a pump. Dr. Peabody did my surgery along with 6 others that day.
Best of luck on any descision you make. Please feel free to ask any questions.
Diagnosed March 06
PSA 4.4
Two biopsies. One core of each 5% cancer, two suspicious
Gleason 3+3=6
DaVinci surgery Nov 1, 06
Cancer confined to prostate
Ist PSA 6 weeks post op less than 0.02

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   Posted 2/7/2007 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   


My surgery was done by Dr. Joseph Smith at Vanderbilt University.  I have been very pleased with my results so far.  I am still looking forward to the return of unassisted erections.  I am no longer incontinent even when sneezing, coughing or picking up heavy items.  Dr. Smith did a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering where he learned to do the Da Vinci.  He is now at over 900 Da Vinci's and doing them at the rate of 9 to 11 a week.  Here is a link to a video made by Vanderbilt in 2004 showing Dr. Smith doing a prostatectomy with the Da Vinci.


Hope this helps.


Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07

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   Posted 2/7/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   


Sounds like you are on the right track.  Also nice you have an insurance network that provides a wide latitude of surgeons/hospitals.

My pre-surgery PSA (4.9), age (50), Gleason (6), T1c, negative scans similar to yours.  I, too, decided to travel and took a 2 1/2 hour plane ride to Baltimore where I had surgery at Hopkins with A. Partin presiding.  Pad free in a month; back to running six weeks post surgery; PSA <0.1 three months post-surgery.  I know I was blessed by the Almighty...both of them...God and A. Partin.

I trust I have adequately answered your question.

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