Hello again to all!
Thank you so much for words of wisdom and encouragement!
As this is the second day after the "bad news", I am calming down a little and becoming less impulsive and more investigative. I was quite panicked yesterday...
I was going to have the "
open" RRP near my local town at Providence Hospital in Everett, WA (30 minutes away) which does about
40 RRP's per year. That is where my urologist does his surgery. In fact, due to my impulsiveness and the feeling that my new doctor was a pretty good guy, I already scheduled a date with him. But he has no problems in me getting other opinions and looking around... In fact, he encourages it. After poking around the web a little and reading information, I decided to also look at the robotics method. I found that Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle (60 minutes away) has the Da Vinci robotic equipment (since 2001)and performs over 200 RRP's per year and are actually a training center for the Da Vinci procedure (I was told). I got the above numbers from a site that compares "profiles" for different hospitals: http://bcbsassoc.sqctool.com/index.asp There are the usual caveats about
accruacy of the data, but it is posted...
I also found on the "profile" web site that Providence had a higher level of "complications" than Virginia Mason... That is something I will definitely ask my current urology doctor that practices at Providence.
Virginia Mason has a "Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic"... Their speal from their web page:
"Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic (CPCC) in Seattle, Washington, is a group of highly specialized providers within the Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason dedicated to treating patients with prostate cancer. Patients receive high quality care from one of the only completely integrated medical care teams in the state of Washington." I called their coordinator and asked a few questions...
How many Da Vinci's performed? Over 1000 since 2001.
How experienced are the doctors with Da Vinci? Each of the four current doctors has performed "hundreds" of operations
She also said that most all of their RRP currently are performed via DaVinci unless other medical conditions dictate otherwise. Anyway, this sounded like something I should investigate so I have a 12:30 appointment to talk to Dr. John Corman. https://www.virginiamason.org/body.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=1175&action=detail&ref=93 Good grief, I looked at his curriculum vitae (why don't the say it in english that we can all understand?) and found 14 pages of history for him, education, published papers, articles, etc....
I checked with my health insurance and both facilities and doctors are covered... Also going to talk to my long time family doctor today about
the two methods...
Anyway, the gist of all this is I am going to research the removal method a little more after my rushed decision of yesterday... I was in a panicked state and just wanted it out fast and never really checked any other options in depth.
Do I go to my medium local town hospital in Everett vs the large hospital in Seattle? Do I go the old "
open" way with my current urologist (I have actually only seen him 3 times, the initial visit, the biopsy procedure, and the results consultation) who performs a RRP every week or so, but has performed hundreds over his career and has had good results? Or maybe go with the new guy at the big box whiz bang hospital who has done hundreds and is using the DaVinci?
I will have more info tonight and tomorrow... From my family doctor consultation visit today and the noon meeting with the Seattle doctor tomorrow...
I have gained a lot of info on what questions to ask tomoorow from the wealth of information this site has provided me and other useful links. I am an obsessive compulsive worrying type of guy, and will most likely be going back and forth for a few days on the
location and method for RRP... but want to make a decision soon as I have difficulty in "waiting and wondering".
Thank God to all of you in sharing your experiences on this website...
and to those who have responded to my post so far!
Post Edited (pasayten) : 3/22/2007 2:24:35 PM (GMT-6)