Ratings for Dr. James R. Porter
After blood tests revealed a PSA level of 8.0, I was diagnosed with an aggressive, Gleason grade 7 (4+3), Prostate Cancer at age 55; After unimpressive and disappointing meetings with two separate urologists, both who recommended surgery; my wife and I decided to investigate other options. Remarkably, a month later, it was a Radiation Doctor at The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, who re-educated us and directed us toward Dr. James Porter and Da Vinci Robotic Surgery. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance doctor’s exact comment was, “With the right surgeon a prostatectomy can be a great choice for you. You really need to look into Dr. James Porter, as he one of the very best.” Our own research of Dr. Porter confirmed what this doctor had said and led us to seek him out, the greatest decision I could have possibly made. From the very start, my goal in dealing with my cancer was simple: to increase my odds in every way possible in order to seek a more positive outcome. Having the very best surgeon around was an amazing start to my completing that goal. Simply stated, for me, there is not another surgeon that I would want to do this type of operation. Moreover, while his amazing numbers can speak for themselves, they are not adequately able to reveal his incredible professionalism, show the passion he has for his work, or show how deeply he cares about his patients. My surgery with Dr. Porter was a total success in every measurable way with no complications, and honestly, a surprisingly positive experience given the circumstances.
As a 67 year old male I was diagnosed with a Gleason scale 7 prostate cancer. After considering all the alternatives I elected to have Da Vinci robotic surgery performed to remove my prostate. I was a "little" anxious since I had never received treatment in a hospital before this procedure. My biggest concern was incontinence after the procedure and sexual disfunction. My prayers were answered! The operation was a total success! I didn't need any opiates after the procedure and the biggest "annoyance" was the catheter experience for 8 days. Once that was removed I ONLY had two days of incontinence and, my wife and I are closer together now than I can ever remember. My only constructive criticism is that his staff can take a while to return calls but that's a small inconvenience considering his skills, his pre and post operating staffs' caring attitude and,a result that exceeded my expectations! Thank you!
At the age of 50, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While this was unwanted news I was fortunate enough to find myself at Swedish Urology Clinic in Seattle. My Urologist provided me all the information I needed and all the options I had. I spent a lot of time exploring these options to find my best treatment options. In the end, all pathways led me to robotic surgery and Dr. James Porter. Dr. Porter was professional, confident and very personable. He was very helpful answering all my questions and working with my family. I found him to be very knowledgeable and willing to discuss all treatment options even those that would not be handled by him. He was open and straight forward yet very conscientious of how traumatizing this experience can be. I am very happy I chose to use Dr. Porter for my treatment. My experience the day of my surgery was as good as surgery can be. Dr. Porter and all the staff provided a very calm and caring environment not only for myself but also my family. Because I was able to follow Dr. Porter's recommendations before and after surgery and primarily because of his expertise I had very few post-surgery issues. A month after surgery I had no incontinence issues and after 3 months I had no erectile function issues. I could not ask for a better outcome and I highly recommend Dr. James Porter.
5 years ago, my then 67 year-old husband and I received that mind numbing, eye watering, gut wrenching prostate cancer diagnosis. But the good news was, it was Grade 1 - Gleason 3+3. We read every book we could get our hands on, created two 3" binders full of data, spoke with every PC survivor who would talk with us, and walked around with our eyes glazed over for 3 months of how-can-we-be-this-nervous Active Surveillance. During the Active Surveillance period, we asked for a 2nd pathology at Johns Hopkins. The second pathology elevated the diagnosis to Stage 2 - Gleason 3+4. My husband said that based on our hundreds of hours of research, he believed his best chance at prolonging his life would be surgery. I agreed. Surgery. Oh, God. Surgery. The risk of incontinence and sexual dysfunction. Other than cancer, a man's worst nightmares. Although my husband's urologist was a certified robotic surgeon, she said, "I want you to see Dr. Jim Porter in Seattle". She said, "He has a gift and I want you to benefit from that gift. You are a young, healthy, 67 year-old who can have an excellent outcome. I highly recommend you see him." She was right. He is an amazingly gifted surgeon. I know 2 other men (who had SIGNIFICANTLY higher Gleason scoring than my husband) and thanks to Dr. Porter, they are still here and healthy 5 years later too. Dr. Porter isn't a warm-fuzzy, hug you every time he sees you type of guy, and I'll admit we were a little surprised at our initial appointment but over the course of my husband's surgery and recovery, we came to realize how deeply he cares about his patients and to what extent he will go to help them to have as successful outcome as possible. His staff? I can't say enough about his staff. His surgical staff is amazing. I've talked with doctors who have gone to Swedish to observe his surgeries and they shared with me that surgeons drool over the level of expertise and teamwork that exists in his surgical team. The office and post-op staff? They helped us to struggle through the following week of catheter care (my biggest caretaker fear was an infection but that never happened!) and a few other not so fun things but together, we made it. Post surgical incontinence issues? NOT! Really only needed a pad for reassurance. Has , over 5 years, had 4 or 5 episodes of a tiny leak when he raises his hands high in the air to stretch. But I don't think that's happened for 2 or 3 years now. Now, he says he has the sensation there will be a leak, but it doesn't. Really glad we chose to stay in Seattle for the first couple of weeks after surgery. Although we probably could have made the 7 hour drive home, it felt reassuring to have Dr. Porter and his staff close by if needed. Really, I can't thank them enough. As for Swedish, oh, my gosh. They have the recovery down to a science. Hubby had a private room and they let me stay with him overnight. I think that helped both of us to have more confidence about his aftercare. And, oh yeah. With a little help from Cialis, life is still fun for this now almost 72 year old guy and his loving wife!! Thanks, Dr. P & staff and Swedish Medical Center.
Dr. Porter performed a radical prostatectomy on my husband a little over 2 weeks ago. The only complaint we have is his Seattle staff were hard to reach and weren't as prompt at returning phone calls. Once we had locked in the appointment for the surgery Dr. Porter and his staff made the entire process as stress free as it could have possibly been. We live in Southern California and Dr. Porter performed the surgery at the MiVIP Surgery Center in Las Vegas. His staff and facility in Las Vegas are top notch. Everything went exactly as Dr. Porter and his staff had explained to us. Prior to the surgery Dr, Porter answered all of our questions and returned calls regarding our questions on several occasions. As for the surgery itself, it went extremely well. Dr. Porter was able able to preserve both nerve bundles and we are very optimistic about his recovery. He was up and walking the next day. We actually enjoyed several activities in Las Vegas including a Cirque show! Since the catheter was removed he has had minimal incontinence issues (very slight and rare leaking) and it's improving daily. He has returned to doing normal activities including the gym. We would recommend Dr. Porter to anyone, he is extremely professional and knowledgable, he is also compassionate and is super easy to talk to.
Dr. Porter performed a radical prostatectomy on me using Da Vinci. I have been very pleased with the results. Dr. Porter's experience and skill is superb. My life returned to normal just weeks after the surgery including gym workouts, bike rides and slalom water skiing. Dr. Porter gets the credit.
My husband was treated very poorly by the front desk and Dr Porter was very uncompassionate to getting back on a timely matter for several very important tests. The front desk has screwed up his appts on several occasions and after leaving many messages on voicemail and with the receptionist it took 5 days to get test results that were ready the day after his test. Very frustrating and stressful. If you want to add stress and frustration when you are dealing with cancer, than by all means see Dr Porter.
Dr. Porter is fabulous! Very professional, informative, very knowledgeable. And very good at what he does. He was recommended by three people , a neighbor and couple guys my husband worked with on different job sites. We tell everyone about him. His nursing staff are great . But if you need a prescription filled , call a week a head of time. The time I went in to get a refill , I called in about an hour. It want ready , waited 25 minutes. So this time I planned ahead better. I call at 9:15 am said I would pick up just before 1:00 pm. I got there because of traffic and trying to find a parking spot at 1:30 pm. 4 hours and 15 minutes later from when I called. Prescription was Not ready. I waited another 35 minutes. Went up to the once when I got there, then 20 minutes later .... had I not called in ahead of time I wouldn’t expect anything different. They are very busy that is why I tried to accommodate both of us. But really. A patient asked about parking validation. She said they won’t let us do that. ?? Besides she said it’s not expensive. I paid $8.00 for 1 hour of finding a parking spot and waiting around. Dr. Porter is so great ! But for prescriptions you have to pick up , plan way ahead of time, Thank you Dr. Porter!!!!!
I feel so fortunate that I was able to have Dr. Porter perform my surgery. My Gleason score was a 6 going into surgery. Turned out it was a 7 according to the pathology so I was particularly glad to have opted to treat my cancer. After the first few days, I had very little pain following the operation, and my results have been incredible. I stayed home from work for two weeks, but actually went in the office a bit during week 2. By week 3 I was almost full time at work, save for going home early a couple of the days. My incontinence has been very minimal and I feel certain that will not be a long-term issue. I could tell after two weeks that my sexual function and our intimacy would also not be a problem. After week 4, my wife and were able have intercourse...way ahead of schedule. Throughout the process, Dr. Porter has made us feel assured of the process and of his ability to help. I read somewhere that Dr. Porter is one of the top 5 physicians for robotic prostatectomy. I have no doubt.
I am a surgeon myself and was diagnosed with Stage IIa Seminoma August 2017. After visiting MD Anderson, Cleveland, Sloan Kettering, Indiana and UTSW, I selected Dr. James Porter for my robotic RPLND for his expertise and experience. It was a 1 day hospital stay and a couple week recovery, but my beta Hcg went from 60 to 2 five days after surgery. Life changing event.
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- Medical College Of Ohio (Grad. 1990)
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