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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
Best of luck,
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