Dear Dr. Ahmed
I am writing just to tell you how really pleased I am with my recent surgical procedure and how thankful I am that you performed it. I am also extremely appreciative of my new “bikini belly!” I can’t wait to heal up, get back into shape, and take it for a test drive on the beach in St. Martin!
Thank you again for all you have done.
Jay J. Paris, DDS
Dear Dr. Lovallo,
All of our family members are in forever debt and gratitude to you. Pedro is a special human being for us, very much loved beyond explanation. And you, guided by the hands of the Lord, were able to remove such a devastating threat to his health thus furthering his life. We appreciate how you hugged him yesterday and that means a lot to him, which also has a direct reflection on us. Doctor; I can go on writing for days, but just want to share, from the best part of our hearts, that you have a new family. Thank you one again.
Juan Sanchez, on behalf of the Sanchez family.
Regarding Dr. Lanteri,
My pre-op, prostate surgery and post-op care by Dr. Lanteri was excellent. In his capable hands I confidently faced my surgery and the results justified my confidence. In the hands of Dr. Lanteri and his partners, I would tell patients not to fear prostate surgery.
Mr. Robert Garrett,
I’m writing this to inform you of the excellent care I’ve received from Dr. Mutahar Ahmed, a physician with NJ Center for Prostate Cancer and Urology. His associates and entire staff are a credit to HUMC and can’t compare with any other urologist you have on staff at your hospital.
I had bladder cancer almost 4 years ago and as a result I have a urostomy pouch. While being a patient at NYU, I decided I wanted a doctor in NJ and was recommended to a Dr. Fromer in Hackensack University Medical Center. Under this doctor’s care, I was experiencing repeated kidney infections which included high fevers, night sweats, and losing 22 lbs. After several visits to their office and spending 5 days at HUMC, they seemed to only keep prescribing antibiotics without trying any other methods to aid in my recovery. Unfortunately, they seems to be preoccupied with business meetings and seminars in other states to enhance their practice instead of attending to my needs.
Dr. Alter, my Oncologist, recommended Dr. Ahmed. While stull very uncomfortable and with spiking high fevers, Dr. Ahmed had me admitted to your hospital. I was immediate attended to by a member of his staff. After a temporary solution that relieved my infection, Dr. Ahmed had found the root of my problem. I have also been seen by his colleague Dr. Christiano. I feel without them I might still be sick or not be here at all.
If every medical group you have at HUMC was as efficient as Dr. Ahmed’s group, a lot of patients wouldn’t have to experience the nightmare I went through.
Dear John Ferguson,
You Don’t know me, but I just had to write and tell you I had a big operation at Hackensack University Medical Center, which by the way is a very good hospital – all nurses and staff were really good to me and too great care to see I was always comfortable.
I lost a kidney, but found the most fantastic doctor through it all.
Right from the start of meeting him, I felt so at ease with him. He made me feel so very special. He has a great bedside manner, which some doctors should try to abide by a bit more. Understanding towards a patient helps a lot.
But thank God I found Doctor Mutahar Ahmed.
I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me. He is one terrific doctor, a truly special and gifted person.
I love him very much. I am extremely grateful to him for all he has done for me. Also, my husband, who also felt at ease.
I just had to let you know what is in my heart and also to let you know what a terrific doctor you have working for you.
Three cheers for Doctor Mutahar Ahmed.
I made an appointment to go back to see the doctor to find out my options. He suggested I have the “old fashioned” prostate surgery and I should do it right away. I wanted a second opinion. My wife and I again spoke with my PCP and he suggested I go see Dr. Lanteri for a second opinion, because he had sent another patient to Dr. Lanteri and was very happy with what he told him. My PCP told us that he has a different type of option that I could discuss with him.
Before, I called Dr. Lanteri, I did some research on my own using the internet, spoke to a dear friend, who is very well respected radiologist/oncologist in Miami, Florida and at the same time I saw Dr. Lanteri’s ad in New Jersey Magazine. I called Dr. Lanteri’s office in mid-September 2004, and told the office manager about my situation and she told me to hold for a minute and “believe it or not” Dr. Lanteri got right on the phone. We spoke for about 15 minutes and I made an appointment to see him the next day.
My wife and I went to see him and brought along all necessary paper work to show him. We discussed all of our alternatives. We all decided that day that I would go ahead with the Robotic Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. We scheduled surgery for January 6, 2005, because he wanted me to lose weight, between 15/25 pounds, and get in even better physical condition, even though I exercised everyday.
I had the surgery on January 6, 2005; I was up walking a few hours after surgery. I went home the next day. Physically, I felt great except for the catheter, which was removed 6 days later, and had very minimal pain, for which I used Tylenol. I have had full control of my urine from the time the catheter was removed and absolutely no incontinence. In 3 weeks I was back doing my full exercise program. I was playing paddle tennis and of course I returned to work full time. Since, I am a high energy person with my work and life; it took approximately 8 weeks to be 100% with my energy level.
I feel very fortunate to have met Dr. Lanteri and that the da Vinci Robot is available for this type of surgery, because if I had to endure the “old fashion” prostate surgery the recovery time much longer and tedious. Thank God for Dr. Lanteri and the da Vinci Robot.
During a September 2004 exam, my primary physician discovered that my PSA went from 3.93 to 5.02 during the past year. He suggested that I go to a Urologist for an examination.
The Urologist did a biopsy of my prostate, which indicated cancer and a Gleason score of 7 (3 + 4). His recommendation was to get a radical prostatectomy, but also suggested other options: Seed Therapy, Radiation, and Cryotherapy. All of these treatments seemed to me to have questionable results.
It so happened, that my son’s supervisor at work,was diagnosed with prostate cancer several months before, and was told about Robotic Laparoscopic surgery. He and I talked about this procedure and gave me information about it and Dr. Lanteri’s phone number to arrange an appointment. I then contacted Dr. Lanteri’s office in Hackensack, NJ. To my surprise, he talked to me on my first call and gave me an appointment for an exam and consultation.
After the exam, he arranged with my primary physician to have the preliminary exams done locally near my home in Pennsylvania. Following these exams, he scheduled my surgery for January 4, 2005.
The procedure at Hackensack University Medical Center was done very efficiently. The surgery was done on January 4, 2005 and took about 3 hours. I spent that night at the hospital recuperating. The following day, everything was normal and I was released on January 5, 2005. The care given at the hospital was superb in all aspects.
I was able to resume most of my normal activities in a few weeks. In about one month, I was able to resume all of my day-to-day chores in addition to helping my son at his automotive repair business. I would recommend Robotic Laparoscopic surgery by Dr. Lanteri to everyone with prostate cancer because it was less invasive than other procedures and shortened my recuperation time drastically.
I was diagnosed via biopsy as having prostate cancer in October of 2004. I was made aware of the various options available concerning treatment. In my research of the treatments, I became aware of experience with Drs. Lanteri and Esposito. His positive comments regarding his association with both doctors and his successful surgery and quick recuperation convinced me to meet with Drs. Lanteri and Esposito.
I was most comfortable with electing for surgical removal of the cancerous prostate versus the other treatments. My research of the da Vinci robotic system, the laparoscopic technique and the experience of Drs. Lanteri and Esposito, convinced me I was making the right decision.
My surgery was completed on January 25, 2005. I was released the next day and had the catheter removed on the 6th day. I was driving on the 8th day and was fully recovered in a few weeks. I have returned to my pleasures of fishing and walking 18 holes of golf.
I have been satisfied with dealing with New Jersey Center for Prostate Cancer and Urology (formerly Associated Urology Bergen-Passaic) and pleased with the performance of Drs. Lanteri and Esposito. Having had association with other prostate cancer patients and their lengthy recoveries. I appreciate the speedy recovery I experienced. I’d be pleased to recommend your practice.
I saw Dr. Lanteri who repeated my PSA, the results came back as 3.1, he suggested since I never had a prostate biopsy I should have one now.
On June 23, 2004 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The biopsy uncovered that 3 of 18 samples had indications of cancer, 10% of each sample and a Gleason score of 6. Dr. Lanteri advised me to have a cat-scan and bone scan. Upon reviewing all of my results he advised me my cancer was very curable and he familiarized me with the Laparoscopic Robotic Prostatectomy for the first time. I seriously entertained multiple options such as visiting another hospital, a medical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist. I was advised by these other doctors that surgery would be my best option with a 95% chance to cure my cancer. I even placed a call and spoke with Intuitive Surgical, the company that manufactures the da Vinci robot. I researched the traditional surgery and decided if I were to choose surgery it would definitely be the robotic surgery because there were less side effects and a quicker recovery. With all the information I was given, the decision was up to me.
In early August I called Dr. Lanteri’s office and asked them to schedule my date for the Laparoscopic Robotic Prostatectomy. My experience was just phenomenal, I entered the hospital on Friday, September 10, 2004 at 6:30am. I was in the recovery room by 11:30am watching the US open on television. I was discharged from the hospital Saturday, September 11, 2004 (yes, 24 hours later); I had an appointment with Dr. Lanteri five days later for my catheter removal. Eight days later I was at a Giant / Redskin game taking it easy. I started to resume my normal activities two weeks after surgery, which included my first round of golf on October 4, 2004. My post operative recovery was great I only wore a diaper for one day and my erectile function returned about two weeks after surgery. In December 2004, I had my first postoperative PSA and it was 0.
My experience with the entire staff at Dr. Lanteri’s office has been wonderful; Dr. Lanteri and Dr. Esposito were very conscientious and attentive.
All in all, this has been a remarkable experience. I am so happy I opted for Dr. Lanteri and Dr. Esposito to perform the Robotic Prostatectomy.
I am very active on a daily basis, basically working out of my car as I travel from site to site. I don’t slow down on my time off as ! enjoy boating and spend weekends and summers at the Jersey shore. I have been generally good about regular check-ups over the years. These had always been good, except for an elevated PSA level which showed up about three years ago. Eventually I went for a biopsy. Unfortunately, cancer was discovered in November of 2004.
Several doctors were recommended and I was confused about making the best decision. My oldest son went a step further and began reading and searching the Internet for more information on physicians experienced in the various possible treatments. We even watched several procedures on the computer. Through his search my son came up with the team of Lanteri and Esposito as the most proficient at the procedure. I had opted for Robotic Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy. As it turned out, other doctors I knew and friends who knew of the team concurred with his findings. I was lucky to get an appointment in a month’s time.
I felt confident with Drs. Lanteri and Esposito from the first visit. While I was not excited about the idea of surgery, I felt that I was literally in the best hands possible. I was also happy that the procedure would be performed at Hackensack University Medical Center. My surgery was scheduled for February 2005. I followed a prescribed diet to drop down a few pounds to an optimum weight, something I needed to do anyway. Everything was in place when I was thrown a curve. I got food poisoning two days before my scheduled surgery. Besides being sick, I was devastated at the thought that my surgery might have to be pushed up a month because of the tight schedule and my weakened condition.
It was at that point that Dr. Lanteri and Dr. Esposito’s staff took over, making phone calls to try to find someone willing to reschedule so valuable time would not be lost. Meanwhile, Dr. Lanteri was on the phone with my wife several times a day to monitor my condition. Through their united efforts my condition improved and surgery was rescheduled for two days later. Amazing!
The operation went as planned from that point. I was only in the hospital overnight. I wore a catheter for five days as I healed, but thanks to the expertise of my doctors I did not suffer incontinence upon the removal of the catheter. Two weeks later I was easing back into my regular routine and looking forward to a healthy and active future.