Choice of Surgeon

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   Posted 8/1/2007 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. I believe I will undergo Robotic Surgery. I was given the name of Dr. Savatta. Does anyone have experience with him? Also, Dr. Su and Dr. Tawari. How does one decide who to use? Is it better to have this surgery done locally or is travel not an issue? Thank you.

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   Posted 8/1/2007 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sanford,

Welcome to the forum. There is a thread below that may be helpful to you, link is:

I did a lot of research before my husband's surgery and learned that Tewari is one of the best (if not the best) robotics doc in NY. My personal opinion about travel is that it's worth traveling to an excellent doctor.

Best of luck to you and keep us posted.


Post edited to activate link….  :)

Post Edited By Moderator (bluebird) : 8/1/2007 3:31:48 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/1/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
There a few on the Low Blow site who used Savatta. He posts there himself sometimes. From everything I've read and heard, Savatta would be as good a choice as they come. Would have used the man myself had we not had a selection here alrerady. Good luck.   Paul

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   Posted 8/1/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
What does it mean: "Low Blow site?"


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   Posted 8/1/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sanford - I am going through same process. I have scheduled appointments with Twari and Guilloneau in NY amd Jarow at Hopkins. Su is very busy - aurgery schedule is out to December I have been told. Also looking at Patel at Ohio State. All great surgeons with lot of Robotic experience. Keep me posted - I will do same.

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   Posted 8/1/2007 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
  :-)   Hi ~ Sanford...

Welcome to… ~ HealingWell ~

Here's the link to
Low Blow  One man’s battle with prostate cancer
A message board created by Mike Stuckey (a prostate cancer survivor) and MSNBC.

v     bluebird ~  Moderator for Prostate Cancer Forum

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   Posted 8/1/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sanford

Dr. Tewari at NY-Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell) in New York City is considered one of the top robotic surgeons in the US. I believe that he has performed over 2000 prostate robotic surgeries. He was a pioneer with Dr. Menon in robotic surgery at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Tewari was hired to head up the prostate robotic surgery team at NY Presbyterian when it was established a few years ago. If I had elected robotic surgery, I would have selected him. Get the best robotic surgeon you can find even if you have to travel. Best of luck!

68, 29-core biopsy 9/27/06, PSA 7.1, Stage T1c, Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in one area],  Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two other areas], negative DRE, bone scan and Endorectal MRI. Completed 39 Proton radiation treatments 2/22/07-4/18/07.  First PSA test 7/19/07 (3 months after treatment) was 2.1 or a 70% reduction in my PSA before treatment (this was better than the average expectation of a 50% reduction in PSA at this juncture, according to my radiation oncologist).

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 8/2/2007 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I second Dr Tawari. You can view several of his surgeries on utube. One is a very good 6 part video. He has also done groundbreaking research in nerve sparing procedures and nerve mapping.

Age 64
5'8" 145#
PSA pre-op 5.2 (12% free)
Gleason 3+4=7
Robotic RP 4/24/07 Dr. Albala, Duke
Post-op- Organ confined Gleason 7
6/18/07 PSA <0.1
1 pad per day
ED Cialis and VED prescribed

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 8/2/2007 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sanford, welcome to the group. I do not have info about the docs you listed, but we did travel for my husbands da vinci. Traveling was not as hard as I thought it would be. We flew to texas for surgery, and spent 1 night in hospital, then one in hotel and flew home the next day, a day earlier than we planned. We stayed home a week and flew back for the follow up and stayed just 24 hours. Thanks to all here, we were very prepared and our hotel had a walgreens behind it which made it easy to get meds and foods for the soft diet he was still on. Go to the best, unfortunately, they won't come to you. Good Luck. Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-14-07 in Austin
Post-Op  Gleason 6, Stage t2c nx mx  YAAAAA HOOOOOO! 
1st PSA Post OP  Undetectable!!!!!!  OFF THE CHART
2nd CT scan, to recheck enlarged lymph nodes not related to PCa NO CHANGE relook in 6 months

New Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 8/3/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sanford,

   You can talk to Dr. Tewari directly by going to the Medehelp website. the link is

good luck
Pre-op PSA rose from 1.7 to 3.1 over 2 years.
Biopsy confirmed cancer in 2 of 12 cores (3% and 4%)
Gleason 6, T1C
Post-op T2c, gleason 3+4, 5% cancer, clear margins, no spread beyond prostate
Nerve sparing, robotic surgery, Ohio State, Dr. Vipul Patel, July 2, 2007

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