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In October 2014, I was diagnosed with very aggressive cancer throughout my prostate. The urologists that were recommended by my GP left me less than impressed. One even talked about the advantages of doing "hands on" surgery instead of robotics. That's when I decided to do my own research. There were some very good candidates but after reading everything I could find going back many years one person stood out. The one who helped pioneer robotics in the Northwest; James Porter with the Swedish Urology Group. I expected him to be very expensive but he was on the preferred providers list for my insurance so it was a no brainer.
My initial visit to his office was far superior in detail and explanation than anything I had received previously. He made no promises but said they would do everything possible to save the nerve bundles where the other doctors had already given me brochures for penile pump implants and one had even suggested that they insert the pump during removal of the prostate.
I scheduled the surgery with doctor Porter for December 2014. During recovery I learned that the surgery was long and difficult (which explained the pain in my legs because they had to keep them at odd angles for an extended period) but they had managed to save one set of nerve bundles.
It is now 10 months later. The incontinence issue is almost gone and my erections are functional which was not something I expected considering the input I had received from the different surgeons.
I will say this, if you want someone to hold your hand and cry with you this is not the guy. If you want a top surgeon doing everything in his skill-set to get you the best possible outcome then you can't go wrong here.
Recently, Dr. Porter and his team removed a cancerous tumor on my left kidney. He used a DaVinci robot and performed a partial nephrectomy. The results and my entire experience was fantastic. He exceeded my expectations far more than I can express.
I traveled from Hawaii to Seattle in hopes Dr. Porter would take on my case. He reviewed all the records I sent to his office and called me very quickly. Not only that, he also accommodated my needs by making time in his surgery schedule for me. In less than a week, the surgery was performed and I was back at my brother's house in Seattle without the pain I expected. In fact, I did not need narcotic pain relievers outside the hospital at all. I was discharged the day after surgery. Other than getting cancer, Dr. Porter and his team made the experience incredibly positive. With his flexibility and ability to accommodate special circumstances, I will be continuing post-surgical care and surveillance of the cancer with Dr. Porter and his team until it is no longer needed. They are incredible.
I can not express my gratitude or satisfaction in any manner as to do him justice. I highly recommend Dr. Porter and his team. Anyone lucky enough to be treated by Dr. Porter will feel very fortunate and privileged.
I was diagnosed with surgery in August of 2014. The biopsy was a Gleason score of 8 (4 +4). Beyond just the diagnosis, over the prior two years of my diagnosis I had noticed increased pressure in my pelvis and significant difficulty urinating. Dr. Porter and his team were excellent during the time of the biopsy (painless) and fully discussed all the therapy options. My preference was to undergo surgery and this was performed by Dr Porter in October 2014. As others have described, his professionalism and attention to my personal and family's questions was excellent. My care was excellent and the only nuisance was going home with a catheter (but required). Any frustration was quickly counterbalanced when the catheter was removed and I had bladder control from the very first day. My bladder felt different and I had to be more aware the first few weeks but my bladder control far exceeded my expectations. I found that maintaining regular exercise and keeping my weight under control also helped me control bladder urgency. Erections were a bit slower to recover. I was able to have intercourse within the first post operative month and continue to have success. Erections are not quite as spontaneous or as complete as in the past yet again far exceeded my expectations and I continue to be actively intimate with my spouse. The surgeon's skill and your partner's support is an essential part of success in this area!! It has now been one year after my surgery, my PSA's remain undetectable and I feel healthier than I have for years. For me, finding Dr Porter and having him and his team provide my care was an excellent experience.
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2015. The biopsy revealed that my Gleason score was 7 (4+3). We elected to have surgery and chose Dr. Porter. The surgery was performed in mid-January 2015. Since the cancer was on the left side of the prostate, he removed the prostate and the nerve bundle on the left side, but attempted to preserve the nerve bundle on the right side. The biopsy of the removed prostate revealed my Gleason score was actually an 8, or much worse than the original score. He also removed 29 lymph glands surrounding the pelvis area, one of which contained cancer. I guess the surgery took 5 hours instead of the estimated 3-4 hours. The upshot is the surgery was a complete sucess. I can't say enough about Dr. Porter's skill, professionalism and genuine kindness. I had the cather in for 10 days and had urinary control the day it was taken out (which was the 4th best day of my life - after my marriage and the birth of my 2 daughters). I took daily Cialis after the catheter was removed in order to assist in the healing of the preserved nerve bundle. But I had to stop taking it since I kept getting an erection. Enough said! My 1st two PSA tests were negative and within 6 weeks EVERYTHING was back to normal. I credit Dr. Porter and his team for this outcome. He is truely and simply outstanding.
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.......
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