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We found 5 providers matching nephrectomy and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Spectrum PPO Savings Plan near San Francisco, CA.

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Dr. Assad Abidon Hassoun, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Transplant Surgery
2340 Clay Street; 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Assad Hassoun practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and transplant surgery in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Hassoun (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Hassoun include cancer surgery, liver cancer, and kidney cancer. Dr. Hassoun is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Mosul College of Medicine and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Hassoun is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hassoun honors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , nephrectomy (kidney removal)

All Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert W Osorio, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Transplant Surgery
2340 Clay Street; 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Osorio's areas of specialization are surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and transplant surgery; he sees patients in San Francisco, CA. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery and liver transplant. Dr. Osorio is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Osorio attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Osorio speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , nephrectomy (kidney removal)

All Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Liver Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas Problems, Nephrectomy, Anti-Reflux ... (Read more)

Dr. Garrett M Hisatake, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Transplant Surgery
2340 Clay Street; 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Garret Hisatake works as a cancer surgeon and transplant surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Hisatake include cancer surgery and liver transplant. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hisatake is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Hisatake has an open panel. He attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hisatake completed a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , nephrectomy (kidney removal)

All Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Liver Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas Problems, Nephrectomy, Anti-Reflux ... (Read more)

Dr. William I Bry, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
2340 Clay Street; 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. William Bry is a specialist in transplant surgery. He works in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Bry has a special interest in kidney transplant. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Bry's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Bry has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , nephrectomy (kidney removal)

All Interests: Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Nephrectomy

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $12,759
  • Medicare Cost: $3,192
Dr. Harish Diwakar Mahanty, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Transplant Surgery
2340 Clay Street; 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Harish Mahanty is a specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and transplant surgery. Dr. Mahanty attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He has a special interest in cancer surgery, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , nephrectomy (kidney removal)

All Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 16
  • Uninsured Cost: $15,466
  • Medicare Cost: $3,792

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What is Nephrectomy?

Kidneys are primarily known for producing urine, but they are also responsible for other important bodily functions, like waste removal. Kidneys filter impurities from the blood, and with the help of the adjacent adrenal glands, they maintain fluid and mineral balance in the body. If the tiny tubes that filter blood inside your kidney become lined with cancer cells, or if your kidney gets severely damaged, you may need kidney removal surgery, or a nephrectomy.

The size of the tumor or severity of the damage will determine the type of kidney removal surgery you need. If the tumor or damaged area is small, either partial or simple nephrectomy may be recommended. A partial nephrectomy removes only the tumor or damaged portion of the kidney, while a simple nephrectomy removes the entire kidney. If you have kidney cancer and it has spread to the adrenal gland, you may need a radical nephrectomy. This more extensive procedure completely removes the affected kidney and adrenal gland. When only one of your kidneys is damaged or has cancer, a nephrectomy may be the only treatment you need. However, if both kidneys are affected, you will need a kidney transplant after your nephrectomy.

Before the development of minimally invasive techniques, nephrectomies were always done via an open approach, which requires an incision up to 12 inches on the patient’s abdomen or side. Nowadays, kidney removal surgery is often done laparoscopically or with the help of robotics.

During a laparoscopic nephrectomy, the surgeon will make three or four incisions in the abdomen and side, each about an inch long. The incisions are used to insert probes and a camera to see inside your abdominal cavity. When the surgeon is ready to take the kidney out, she will make one of the incisions about three inches larger, cut the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder (called the ureter), put a bag around the kidney, and pull the organ out through the larger incision.

Sometimes, a robot with surgical instruments assists the surgeon in performing basically the same steps described above. However, unlike the laparoscopic approach, robotic nephrectomy allows a three-dimensional view of your abdominal cavity. In addition, the surgical instruments have a wider range of motion, enabling the surgeon to perform the complex maneuvers with more ease.

Both the laparoscopic and robotic procedures may take longer than an open nephrectomy, but the recovery time is much shorter, and patients feel significantly less pain compared to an open surgery. The average hospital stay after a nephrectomy is two days, and for about a day after the operation, you will have a urinary catheter, which is a long, flexible tube that drains urine from your bladder. All strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks, but to prevent blood clots from forming in your legs, it is important that you start walking with the help of a family member or nurse on the day of your surgery. On average, patients return to their normal routines about three weeks after a nephrectomy.