Who are the best surgeons for robotically assisted prostatectomy

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middledaughter
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   Posted 11/24/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
My father was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.  I have been researching the best option and it looks like it is robotically assisted prostatectomy.  UCLA looked good for a treatment center, with perhaps Dr. Reiter as the surgeon.  Would he be the best choice there?  Is UCLA the best choice?  What were your experiences with particular surgeons?  Who are the best surgeons for this procedure?  Thank you,
 
Middledaughter

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/24/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
You have great choices near by, but UCLA is outstanding. City of hope has two surgeons with over 1000 laproscopic surgeries. Kawachi and Wilson. USC is also a great facility for surgery. My surgery was at CoH. Nothing but praise for the care I received.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
 
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
 
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middledaughter
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   Posted 11/25/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Tony and Chas,

 

The procedure by Dr. Ashutosh K. Tewari at NewYork-Weill Cornell Medical College sounds like a great option.  I wonder if the surgeons at UCLA are doing this procedure.  If not, then I will recommend to my dad that he go to New York for the procedure.  As much as I would love for him to stay with me (I live near LA) it is far more important that he have the best surgeon possible to speed his recovery.  Thank you so much!

 

Middledaughter 


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dek139
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   Posted 11/28/2007 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Mid daugther

 

I went to  Dr. Ashutosh K. Tewari, director of robotic prostatectomy at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. If I had to do it again I would do the same.

he has done over 2000 operations and is very conecrned with his patients.

I truely believe he has saved my life, I dont know how long it will stay away but it was worth the operation.

 

Good luck to you and your family.


Age 48
PSA 5/06 1.0
PSA 5/07 3.1
PSA 7/07 4.0
Biopsey 5/07 1 of 12 core
Gleason 3+3=6
T2C
DaVinci Surgery 7/25/07
Pathology tumor frontal bridging both lobes
reached outer surface
no pads at 5 weeks
no erection at 4 months taking Lavetria
1/2 per day
post surgery PSA 11/07 .003
11/27/07 Inguinal Herina rightside
surgery to follow
 


Tamu
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   Posted 11/28/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
While the replys you have received indicate one surgeon to be the best I believe that there are several equivalent surgeons across the country and within the region that you live. I am sure that within a days drive there is at least one. When I was diagnosed I begin doing the same thing that you have as I was willing to go anywhere in the US. The names of Menon, Tewari, etc were the ones that you heard the most about. I then met my surgeon at Vanderbilt Univerity Medical Center and found out that he had performed almost as many procedures as the other guys have done. When I asked him why his name was not that well known he just told me that he did not need the publicity as he was doing 9 to 11 Da Vinci's a week and had a backlog of over three months at that time. I am sure that you will find a very experienced surgeon near you.

Tamu
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
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07


Swimom
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   Posted 11/28/2007 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Middle,

Christopher Ng and Ahlering (an Ed specialist too) are both in the LA area. Kawachi and Wilson are in Durante. Try checking on the DaVinci site. Good luck in your search.

Swim
 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/29/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't say enough about being close to home when possible. While I had to travel to CoH, my family lives in the LA basin and it was a blessing to be near my family during that time. For that reason, while the other mentioned doctors are very good and even great, so are some of the LA doctors.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
 
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
 
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Pete42
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Total Posts : 114
   Posted 11/29/2007 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll jump in with another vote for City of Hope, great staff of surgeons and the care of the nursing staff and all other personnel was top top notch
Diagnosed 1/26/07
Stage Tc1
Gleason 6
PSA 3.8
12 samples, positive in one 15%
Biopsy - 1% involvement, no bladder neck, Gleason 3+3, Tc1
Age 51
Surgery (robotic) May 4 2007 City of Hope
Final pathology - fully contained to prostate, TC1, Gleason 3+ 3
Fully continent one month
First Post op PSA - Undetectable
Second Post Op PSA (8/22/07)- Undetectable
ED- start injections 10/06/07
 


middledaughter
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   Posted 1/4/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Tony and others,
 
Thank you Tony for the suggestion of Dr. Kowachi at the City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, CA.  The care my father received was wonderful.  Dr. Kowachi is a fantastic surgeon and my father is recovering very well.  His surgery was on 12/18/2007 and his catheter was out 12/28/2007.  He is having very little leakage (1 to 2 pads a day) and thinks he will be finished with pads after another week.  I had also considered Tewari at Cornell and was very impressed that he called me back personally to answer my questions and was very friendly.   Anyway, my father is very happy.  Thank you very much for the referral to Dr. Kowachi at the City of Hope Hospital.
 
middledaughter
 
 

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