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I'm ( now ) a 60 year old Hawai'i resident who had been tracking a high ( up to 7.0 while on finasteride ) and fluctuating PSA for several years. A negative biopsy in early 2011 and a free PSA OF 6% in late 2011 and 7% in early 2013 and a negative PCA3 score ( of 15.9 ) put me in a perplexing and uncertain posture that continued until an October 2013 biopsy came back positive with a Gleason 4+3 with disease present in 2 of 16 cores. My Sloan-Kettering Nomogram gave me a 74% probability that my disease was organ confined. I took the next month off work to research my disease, my options and after concluding that a RP via Da Vinci was the way to go I set about the all important task of choosing my surgeon. I was fortunate to have a collogue who had developed a list of some of the best in the business so in November of 2013 it was time to go on a road trip and interview candidates. I met with several highly rated surgeons but as soon as I met with Dr. Porter I knew he was "the guy." He gave me confidence that this was an appropriate treatment given the facts of my case. Because of the size and location of my tumor, there was a good chance I would lose my left nerve bundle but after meeting with Dr. Porter most of my fears subsided. My surgery was scheduled for early January and I'm so thankful I chose Dr. Porter. He saved both nerve bundles and I was back running 4 miles a day within 30 days of my procedure. I have had virtually no incontinence ( only wore pads for several days after the catheter was removed ) and erectile function returned to preoperative levels within a month or so. I have had 2 undetectable postoperative PSA tests.
Selecting Dr. Porter as my surgeon was literally one of the best decisions of my life. He and his entire staff and surgical team were simply awesome.
I highly recommend him to all my brothers out there who are facing the daunting and at times bewildering task of deciding which treatment option is best and who to work with when faced with the news we all dread.

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flag | Submitted Dec. 16, 2014

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Had surgery in April 2014 and Dr. Porter was nothing short of amazing. His staff is fabulous, caring and attentive. I was weighing between seed implant and surgery and I am really glad I went with surgery. With Dr. Porter doing the surgery with the de vinci robotics, I could not be happier with the outcome. Eight days after surgery, was almost fully continent. After 3 mos. my PSA was 0.02. Please do yourself a favor, at least talk to Dr. Porter. I almost made the mistake of going with seeds. Although they are a good option for some, it was not for me. I met with a Dr. for seed implant and felt like I was being pressured into this. Was like buying a used car. Dr. Porter was nothing like that. Layed out the options and let me decide. He has done over 1800 operations and is "the man" on this type of surgery. Thank you so much Dr. Porter.

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flag | Submitted Oct. 22, 2014

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Dr Porter has dedicated his life to his patients and robotic surgery. He is amazing and I feel truly blessed to have him treat my kidney cancer with a radical nephrectomy using the da Vinci robot.
He is all business in the OR, and yet has a warm and caring side for each patient when you are with hime. You will be in the best hands (in my opinion) with Dr Porter. Thank you Dr.......

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flag | Submitted Oct. 20, 2014

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I have worked with Dr. Porter and from an inside perspective can completely recommend him as an outstanding clinician, surgeon, and person in general. Jim has dedicated his life to excellence in patient care and perfecting the craft of surgery. If you can get Jim to do your surgery consider yourself blessed.

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flag | Submitted Sept. 5, 2014

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flag | Submitted Aug. 6, 2014

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I'm 59 and had prostate cancer (3 spots, 2 on one side, one on the other). My cancer was near the edge near one of the two bundle of nerves governing erectile function. My goals in order of importance: 1. Don't die from prostate cancer; 2. maintain long term normal bowel movements; 3. have normal urinary function; 4. have healthy sex/erectile function. After considering cryotherapy, radioactive seeds, and other alternatives, I chose DaVinci nerve sparing radical prostatectomy. Expected side effects: temporary incontence, loss in the near term and possibly permanently of erectile function (especially since one of the nerve bundles could not be spared given the location of my cancer) I was told that there was a possibility that erectile function could return in whole or in part but that it could take 18 to 24 months. My results: couldnt be better. Cancer completely gone; incontinance gone after 2 weeks; full sexual function returned after 10 months. Dr. Porter was great.

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flag | Submitted July 28, 2014

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Dr. Porter and his staff ushered me through the terrifying health surprise of having a mass on my kidney. He was able, in record time, to successfully cut out the mass, leaving 2/3 of my remaining healthy kidney in tact. Every step of the way I felt supported by Dr. Porter, Swedish hospital staff, the anesthesiologist and of course, the nurses. What was a very mysterious and scary event, ended up being mysterious and amazing because I did not feel alone. I am so thankful to have been tended so well having been so vulnerable.

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flag | Submitted July 1, 2014

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Dr. Porter came highly recommended as an expert in the use of the Da Vinci robot to remove cancerous prostates. I met with several doctors before picking Dr. Porter. He had the most experience using this robot with over 2200 procedures. The two main things you worry about (after the cancer) are urinary continence and impotence. Dr. Porter was very attentive to these in our meetings leading up the surgery and made me feel comfortable these were not immaterial issues and he would place the high importance on these items while removing the cancerous prostate. I am fairly young as a prostate cancer patient (at 49) but my urinary continence was restored 4 days after the catheter was removed and my impotence was restored in 4 weeks. I understand these are not normal recovery times but they were with me and I have to give Dr. Porter the credit. If you are in the unfortunate position of having prostate cancer, I believe you would be very fortunate to have Dr. Porter as your surgeon.

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flag | Submitted June 24, 2014

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I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the fall of 2013 and underwent surgery in early February 2014. I chose Dr. Porter because of his excellent reviews, his extensive experience with Da Vinci robotic surgery and the positive impression I received when I met him during my initial appointment. Dr. Porter not only exudes confidence and precision he left me convinced that he truly cared about the outcome of my surgery. He and his team did an outstanding job and my outcome could not be better. Eighteen hours after surgery I walked out of the hospital, I was back at work in about a week and fully continent within 2 weeks (no pads). After 4 months most, if not all, of my pre-surgery sexual function has returned. Best of all, the initial PSA test indicate I’m cancer free.

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flag | Submitted June 9, 2014

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As a surgeon in my mid 50's, you can bet I fully researched urologic surgeons to perform my prostatectomy. I had a minimally invasive nerve-sparing robotic surgery. Both neurovascular bundles were preserved (these control erections)and my prostate margins were clear (cancer did not spread outside of the prostate). I had very little blood loss, got great care at Swedish, and stayed only one night in the hospital. The nurses were great. My recovery was uncomplicated, and I was given documents that answered all the usual questions, and received good training for catheter care at home. I took regular tylenol for pain after leaving the hospital, and did not require narcotics (although they were prescribed). Dealing with the catheter for a week is annoying, as is the usual "dribbling" afterwards. But I couldn't be more relieved, nor could I be more satisfied with Dr. Porter. When it comes to cancer surgery, you want a surgeon who's done the most with the latest techniques.

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flag | Submitted Feb. 12, 2014



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