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The short story is that 3 unconnected individuals referred us to Dr. Porter and after a long process of researching our options and talking with doctors who specialize in the different treatment approaches for prostate cancer, we decided on surgical removal of the prostate. We're fortunate that we caught the cancer early, and we chose Dr. Porter because of the number of DaVinci surgerie's he's successfully performed. His skill with this device is extraordinary. The worst part, frankly was the seven days with a catheter. We were prepared for the worst - incontinence and ED. On the way home from having the catheter removed, we stopped for lunch and my husband said he thought he had to pee and went and took care of business. Not one wet diaper, ever. The sensation to pee is different and it took a while for him to develop longevity around holding it in. He had a partial erection with the catheter in and while his erections are exactly the same - don't happen spontaneously, for example - they're close enough to the same not to matter. If you have prostate cancer don't mess around. See Dr. Porter.
Dr. James Porter performed a da Vinci robotic surgery to remove my prostate after a cancer diagnosis. The surgery went perfectly with no complications or loss of either sexual or urinary continence. I would recommend this doctor and the da Vinci robot technique to anyone needed to undergo prostate surgery as there was very little pain and I was back at work in 3 weeks. It has now been 5 years since the surgery and my PSA has remained at zero so I am essentially cancer free and can get on with my life. Dr. Porter is the consummate professional with a very friendly demeanor toward his patients and exudes confidence. Outstanding doctor!!!
I was an 87-year-old woman with a 5 centimeter mass on my left kidney. Today, I'm nearing 88, and thanks to the supreme skills of Dr. James Porter ( who was not, whatsoever "put off" by my age regarding major surgery), I had a partial nephrectomy performed, laparoscopically. Incredibly, after the surgery, I was only in the hospital overnight, and after that, at home, did not have to take any pain medicine.
I'm a member of Group Health, and before I went to see Dr. Porter for a second opinion, I had two urologist's there give me my treatment options. I could wait and watch the mass, have a partial nephrectomy (not robotically--which would have been an extremely difficult surgery), or a radical nephrectomy. They were convinced that the mass was cancerous. When I, oh-so-luckily, wound up at Dr. Porter's office, he wasn't so sure (and he certainly did not want me to lose my left kidney). He turned out to be correct. My tumor was benign.
I am so grateful to my daughters for having searched and researched the facts about kidney masses/cancer, and in doing so, finding it's formidable foe, Dr. James Porter. He truly is one-of-a-kind.
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.
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.
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.......
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.
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.
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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