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10 years 11 months ago #26338 by Patricia
Great to see you back Glenna and that you were so pleased with Dr. Konety. UCSF has a great reputation in so many areas. My cousin had her kidney transplant done there traveling all the way from New Orleans.
Continued wellness to you and hopefully energy will get back to some normalacy soon. Any questions just ask. You can post under Invasive Bladder cancer...just hit the New Thread tab....

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10 years 11 months ago #26336 by luvs2garden
Well, I am not very proficient at using this I will reply to my own post, as I am not able to see how to post something new:-)

I am very happy to say that since I posted last, I have completed chemo and had surgery and am beginning to feel some normalcy again...and hope it continues to fully feel myself! What a journey!!!

I am posting here because Dr. Konety, UCSF, was my surgeon. I was looking for the best surgeon when I posted before...and I think I found him.

I have been very pleased, so far, with the results of my surgery and with Dr. Konety as a human being:-) He has the 'whole package'.

I learned at my last follow-up appt. that Dr. Konety may be leaving UCSF, which I personally feel will be a terrible loss! as well as a loss to UCSF as an institution.

If any of you reading this have been served by Dr. Konety and feel to let UCSF know how you feel about his leaving, there are 2 people you can send a letter to. They are as follows:

Mr. Mark Laret, CEO
UCFSF Medical Center
500 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA. 94143-0296

Peter R. Carroll, MD, MPH
Chari, Dept. of Urology
Box 1711, UCSF
San Francisco, CA. 94143-1711

If you have had as positive outcome as I feel I have (and I know others have, as well) please take a moment to let UCSF know how important it will be to do what is necessary to retain Dr. Konety at their institution.

I hope you're all doing well today...that it is a good day for you.


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11 years 9 months ago #20676 by harry s
My husband Harry had his RC at Stanford last October. Dr. Gill was his surgeon. He is excellent. We also think highly of the nursing staff as well. I would highly recommend Dr. Gill and Stanford. Margot

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11 years 9 months ago #20675 by Patricia
Hi Glenna........yeah..11 is a very low number...i wonder if he meant Indiana pouches?...they always do more neo's as they are very successful in the male population.
i would venture to say at USC/Norris these surgeons do from 60 and up a year...Dr. John Stein who was a great surgeon and passed away this year under very tragic circumstances...was someone i had seen when i was interviewing prospective surgeons. I was very impressed with the entire staff. They are excellent surgeons and female friendly to our needs. I would venture to say they probably do more radical cystectomies than anyone in Ca.
Here is Konety's page
Gracie i know was very happy with him.

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11 years 9 months ago #20673 by Gracie
I just had my RC done by Dr. Konety (Indy). He did an outstanding job.

At UCSF Mt. Zion he is very much the bladder doctor (as well as Dr. Meng). I question the number of RC's you quoted - they do much more then that. I was with Dr. Carroll initially who is head of urology there but from what I know is more of a prostrate doctor. However both Carroll and Konety are excellent surgeons.

Dr. Greene that Pat mentioned is Dr. Konety's partner @ Mt. Zion.

At Stanford, I consulted with Dr. Presti. Dr. Presti also worked at UCSF before moving to Stanford . Very nice person - seemed very capable...I just opted to go to UCSF.

Dr. Konety also has worked with Dr. O'Donnell (well known in the BC world).
The care at UCSF was great - have also very good pain management which is something to ask about.

Many here know how important this decision is. I wish you all the best.


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11 years 9 months ago #20671 by marigold
I recommend Dr. Maxwell Meng at UCSF. He performed my RC and I have been very satisfied with the results as well as with him.

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