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cooperman was posted 05/31/2002 11:36 am by Shari
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My Mom lives in Queens and had heard of Cooperman from a local oncologist - my sister took her to Cooperman for a second opinion, against my better judgement - I felt it was just a big waste of time and energy - my reasoning: If you are considering the whipple (and are eligible, obviously), then go where they do them a lot and do them well - where they practically live to defeat pancreatic cancer - and as far as I am concerned, on this Coast, head to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore -

If you are located where you consider Cooperman to be convenient, then give yourself a really good chance at having the very best and go to Johns Hopkins - we knew no one in Baltimore and had no connections to anyone/anything there - but I am very pleased with our ultimate decision to go there for the whipple -

Furthermore, I did speak with Dr. Cooperman after my Mom's visit with him - he believes he is an excellent surgeon - I'm not sure that it is a general consensus - according to what he told my sister, the whipple takes an average of two hours to perform - and that he performs hundreds of them a year - well, upon further research, no one performs a whipple in two hours - an aborted whipple, maybe, but to do a good job, I can't imagine how it could be done in less than a minimum of four hours - I read my Mom's operative report - and I can easily see why they took five hours. Dr. Cooperman's primary area of interest is laparoscopic procedures - and the whipple is not performed in that manner, for laparoscopy perhaps I would use him.

Dr. Cooperman is very friendly and self-promoting and really wants to sell himself (though he may say otherwise) - all qualities that are great for a salesman - I was looking for a great surgeon, not a salesman, not a friend, and I believe I found that.

If you want any more information on my Mom's whipple experience, please let me know. Best of luck, Shari.

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