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Dr. Susanna Lovell Nazarian, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 1st Floor Founders Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Susanna Nazarian sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. Her medical specialty is transplant surgery. These areas are among Dr. Nazarian's clinical interests: pancreas transplant, renal (kidney) biopsy, and kidney failure. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Nazarian attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. She is conversant in French.

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Clinical Interests: Transplant Procedures, Pancreas Transplant, Renal Biopsy, Kidney Transplant, Dialysis, Kidney ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $845
  • Medicare Cost: $314
Dr. Alan Jerome Wein, MD
Specializes in Urology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Penn Medicine; Division of Urology
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Wein specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Philadelphia, PA. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Wein include bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and partial nephrectomy. Dr. Wein's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wein include: Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-16; Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2016; and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , partial nephrectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Urologic Cancer, Prostate Ablation, Kidney Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Benign ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Francis Harryhill, MD
Specializes in Urology
51 North 39th Street, Medical Office Building; Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Harryhill works as an urologist. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Harryhill completed a residency program at Temple University Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Harryhill has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harryhill accepts. He has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Harryhill's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Joseph Guzzo, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Guzzo specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Guzzo attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , nephrectomy (kidney removal)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Kidney Cancer, Solid Tumor, Bladder Surgery, Robotic Kidney Surgery, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Joseph Hagg, MD
Specializes in Urology
100 E Lancaster Avenue; 361 Lankenau Medical Building East
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Michael Hagg is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Hagg include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Hagg is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center and Urology Health Specialists (UHS), LLC. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Hagg attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Laparoscopic Nephrectomy, Incontinence, Neurogenic Bladder, ... (Read more)

Dr. Phillip Mucksavage, MD, BA
Specializes in Urology
800 Walnut Street; 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Mucksavage's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Mucksavage's clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and robotic partial nephrectomy. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Dr. Mucksavage is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic partial nephrectomy, laparoscopic partial nephrectomy, robotic radical nephrectomy, nephrectomy (kidney removal), radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Bladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Melanie Ina Amster, MD
Specializes in Urology
1216 Arch Street; Suite 3b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Melanie Amster is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). She works in Philadelphia, PA and Darby, PA. Her areas of expertise include urodynamic testing, kidney stones, and urinary retention. On average, patients gave Dr. Amster a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Amster's education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. She has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Hahnemann University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Cystocele, Laparoscopic Nephrectomy, Ultrasound, Urinary Incontinence, Urodynamic Testing, Kidney ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Urology
1216 Arch Street; Suite 3b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Bruce Sloane practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Philadelphia, PA and Darby, PA. Dr. Sloane's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sloane include urodynamic testing, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and vaginal prolapse. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Hahnemann University Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at North Shore University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. In addition to English, Dr. Sloane speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Shock Wave Lithotripsy, Cystocele, Tumor, Laparoscopic Nephrectomy, Ultrasound, Urinary ... (Read more)

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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.