well my bet is on the 8 hrs if they're doing pathology in the room......thats a new one. And a very long surgery. I know for a fact that Dr. Koch at Indiana does this for the VA in Indiana which is right next door. His time on a neo is 3 l/2 hrs. I wonder if you called him personally if you might get a different answer if you told him the circumstances?
I wish they could have done that for me when i had my breast cancer lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy...but it was not precidented.
Well honestly we really don't have a choice. He is the dr. that is performing these surgery's right now at the VA and my dad has chosen to wait 10 mths to do anything about his cancer, so we're lucky they can got him in at all. Even if we didn't want Dr. Hamidinia we would then have to start from the beginning and go to a different VA. Unlike private health care, my dad doesn't have the option to pick and choose, which sucks.
According to them they said the would have 2 patholigists in the room to test the nodes prior to finishing up.
ask how many neo's he's done. Ask if some of his patients can contact you.
They're going to inspect nodes on the spot? hmmm...my path took 9 days and i was at the #2 urological hospital in the country. Won't that make for a long surgery? I mean those nodes hide in fatty areas and are not readily seen unless you are doing it robotically or laproscopically and the screens enlarge the operating area 10 fold from what the human eye can see.
not trying to be a naysayer...just want the best for your dad.
As of right now Dr. Hamidinia is scheduled to do it. We can't go to Indy, because he's waited to long. It would take at least a month to get an referral to Indy and then at least 2-3 weeks to schedule the surgery. Right now he has to focus on time. Dr. Bell did the original tumor removal last March, but according to Dr. Caillat (younger doctor) he is semi-retired due to a hand surgery. I believe though, Dr. Bell might be participating to a certain extent, but not performing the surgery.
which doctors Jessica? Donovan, Bell, Bracken? Any of the above? Are they suggesting ileal conduit or do they want to play and do a neobladder? I know for a fact they have not done many neo's. I live here!
What happened with the Indiana VA where they have the expertise of some of the top uro's like Koch?
Just wondering but glad he's consented to surgery.