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We found 5 providers matching radical prostatectomy and who accept Aetna HMO near Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Andrew Bruce Epstein, MD
Specializes in Urology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Epstein, who practices in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Epstein's areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Epstein honors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Epstein's office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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Dr. Rajesh Shinghal, MD
Specializes in Urology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Rajesh Shinghal is an urologist in Fremont, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Shinghal has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Before completing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Shinghal attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Shinghal's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Keith L Lee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Keith Lee's area of specialization is pediatric urology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee's clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Lee is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Daniel Yao, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Yao's medical specialty is urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Yao graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In his practice, Dr. Yao focuses on urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Yao's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,799
  • Medicare Cost: $1,361
Dr. Scott K Angell, MD
Specializes in Urology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Scott Angell works as an urologist. His areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Angell average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Angell takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Angell has an open panel.

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What is Radical Prostatectomy?

Prostate cancer is uncommon in men under 40, but the risk of getting the disease significantly increases after the age of 50. If your doctor suspects you have prostate cancer based on a physical exam or blood test results, she may recommend a biopsy. This diagnostic procedure collects tiny samples of tissue from the prostate, typically with the use of a special needle. The samples are then examined in a laboratory to determine whether any abnormal cells are present. Biopsies of the prostate are most often done transrectally, or through the rectum.

If your biopsy shows that you have prostate cancer, your doctor will discuss available options with you, such as watchful waiting, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery. Together, you will develop a treatment plan that best fits your condition. If your doctor recommends surgery, you will likely have a radical prostatectomy. There are three ways this prostate removal procedure can be performed:

  • Open radical prostatectomy, which uses a large incision, usually in your abdomen.
  • Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, which requires several small incisions in your stomach. A long, thin tube with a camera is inserted through one of the cuts. Your surgeon uses this instrument to view the inside of your belly during the operation.
  • Robotic radical prostatectomy, which uses the above laparoscopic techniques but with the help of a robot.
While incisions for the laparoscopic and robotic approaches will always be on the lower abdomen, there are two possible incision locations for the open procedure. More commonly, the cut will start just below the belly button and end at the pubic bone. The other possible but less frequently used incision location is the area between the base of your scrotum and anus. After the cut is made, your surgeon will separate the prostate from the tissues surrounding it. Extra care will be taken to cause as little injury as possible to the blood vessels and nerves. You will wake up from surgery with a small pouch that drains fluids from your belly and a long tube that drains urine from your bladder.

Radical prostatectomy is recommended for cancer that is contained within the prostate. If cancer has spread to other parts of the body, non-surgical treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy may be more appropriate.

The average hospital stay is one day for a laparoscopic or robotic radical prostatectomy, and one to three days for an open radical prostatectomy. You will be advised to stay in bed until the morning following your operation. Strenuous activities like running and heavy lifting must be avoided for four to six weeks. Although radical prostatectomy aims to remove all of your cancer cells, you will still need to see your doctor regularly after surgery to make sure that the cancer does not return.