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Surgeon Scorecard

I am newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and looking for performance data on surgeons that provide radical prostatechtomies.

I found the website:
https://projects.propublica.org/surgeons/

which has a searchable database of doctors. You can review doctors that have performed "Prostate Removal" and see how many they have done and what the complications rate has been, which I believe is re-admittance to a hospital within 30 days. I can't find anything like it on the web. Does anyone know the validity of this website? It seems very useful to me. It does not list the complications experienced by patients such as ED or incontinence, but the quantity of operations and the complication rate seems like very useful information. You can search by hospital or doctor. Thoughts from anyone on how valid the data is?

Thanks

Re: Surgeon Scorecard

Hello,

I went to that website you listed (https://projects.propublica.org/surgeons/) and typed in the names of two of the top Urologic Surgeons in the Northeast (USA). The two Doctors are Dr. Adam Kibel, Chief of Urology @ Dana Farber/Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Dr. John Libertino, Chairman of the Institute of Urology @ Lahey Clinic. The website listed Dr. Kibel as having performed only 57 prostate removals, and Dr. Libertino's total was only 38.

So, I would say that the "Surgeon's Scorecard" information on that site is useless. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Alan M

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