Ratings for Dr. James R. 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.
One year ago, my primary care physician discovered a "nodule" during my annual rectal digital examination. I was referred to the Clinic's urologist who conducted and the biopsy. The results were NOT good. During his consultation he stated I had Prostate CANCER. And I don't remember anything else that was said. My wife and I made the smartest decision ever, we asked for a referral for Dr. Porter. If you review the latest medical literature and your goal is to be CANCER FREE, this was a no-brainer. Dr. Porter and his staff are world class. From his opening consult through the journey of surgery, Dr. Porter is with you every step of the way. You can read all the other comments, read his comments on his web-site, Dr. Porter is the REAL DEAL. I can think of no one else more incredibly focused on you. I feel BLESSED that I was diagnosed quickly, BUT I AM MOST BLESSED that Dr. Porter was and is my Doctor.
Cancer is stressfull then include a six week wait for an appointment, 90 minute wait to see doctor, urology fellow comes instead of doctor, doctor finally comes and our 1.5 scheduled surgical consult lasted 20 minutes. Scheduling phone calls were not returned for 2-3 days. Very disappointing and frustrating experience.
I am a female age 31 with polycystic kidney disease. I had been trying to find a surgeon to perform multiple cyst removals on my kidneys to reduce their size. I searched for a long time before a urologist in New York recommended Dr. Porter. I talked with his (very helpful and nice) staff for a few weeks trying to get my CT images to them for Dr. Porter to review. Once he saw them, he fit me in the next day for a consult after a long day of surgery. My husband and I met with him at 6pm on a Friday (Dr. Porter still in his scrubs from his last procedure). He was kind enough to talk with us for upwards of an hour about my images and what he thought he could do surgically. I walked into his office prepared to have to convince Dr. Porter to do the surgery (as I had to do with every other surgeon I had spoken with up to this point), but Dr. Porter was all in from minute he walked in. I didn't have to convince him, he just wanted to help get me some relief and improve my quality of life. I really appreciated that such a highly regarded and busy doctor who deals with cancer patients took the time to meet with me to simply help me feel better. He walked us through the procedure and set our expectations. I then worked with his scheduler (Jen you are so great!!!) to fit me into his (very busy!) schedule the next Friday. Dr. Porter was able to remove about 100 cysts from my right kidney through a single less than 2 inch long incision in my abdomen with very little blood loss and no drain required. I went home the next day, and although I had a decent amount of abdominal swelling for the next month or so, I now feel so much better on my right side because he was able to remove so much volume from my kidney. I am scheduled for the left side to be reduced in a few weeks and am actually excited because I have so much confidence in Dr. Porter and his team's capabilities. I feel like I am in the best hands possible for a surgical procedure. In summary, Dr. Porter and his staff are world class and I feel incredibly blessed to have found them. Highly recommend them to anyone in need of a urologist.
Dr. James R. Porter's Credentials
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- Medical College Of Ohio (Grad. 1990)
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