We found 5 providers matching radical prostatectomy and who accept Health Net Healthy Heart HMO near Palo Alto, CA.

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

Dr. Andrew Epstein is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He has a special interest in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Epstein average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Epstein honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Epstein attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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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 works as an urologist in Fremont, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Shinghal is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shinghal include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Shinghal welcomes new patients. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a pediatric urologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. In his practice, Dr. Lee focuses on urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Lee is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Lee speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is an urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA. Dr. Yao is conversant in Mandarin. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yao include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Yao attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. His residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Yao average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yao is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Urologic Cancer, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $5,799
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,361
Dr. Scott K Angell, MD
Specializes in Urology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Scott Angell's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Angell is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Angell's residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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.

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