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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 is a physician who specializes in transplant surgery. Dr. Nazarian's areas of expertise consist of pancreas transplant, renal (kidney) biopsy, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Her professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In addition to English, Dr. Nazarian speaks French.

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

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  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $845
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $314
Dr. Thomas Joseph Guzzo, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Guzzo practices urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Guzzo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Guzzo's professional affiliations include 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. Phillip Mucksavage, MD, BA
Specializes in Urology
800 Walnut Street; 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Mucksavage is an urologist. His areas of expertise include the following: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and robotic partial nephrectomy. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mucksavage attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Mucksavage is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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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. Alan J Wein, MD
Specializes in Urology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Penn Medicine; Division of Urology
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Wein is an urologist in Philadelphia, PA. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wein's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and partial nephrectomy. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Wein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave Dr. Harryhill a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harryhill graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic nephrectomy

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

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

Dr. Michael Hagg specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Hagg's clinical interests include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Hagg completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Lankenau Medical Center and Urology Health Specialists (UHS), LLC. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

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

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

Dr. Melanie Amster practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Philadelphia, PA and Darby, PA. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, urinary retention, and women's health issues. Dr. Amster's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Amster takes. She has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Amster's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

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

Dr. Bruce Bordman Sloane, MD
Specializes in Urology
1216 Arch Street; Suite 3b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Bruce Sloane is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Philadelphia, PA and Darby, PA. In addition to English, Dr. Sloane speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), vaginal prolapse, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, Dr. Sloane completed his residency training at North Shore University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Shock Wave Lithotripsy, Cystocele, Laparoscopic Nephrectomy, Ultrasound, Urinary Incontinence, ... (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.

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