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

Dr. Alan Wein is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and partial nephrectomy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wein honors. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Wein 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. He is affiliated with 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's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Harryhill is conversant in Spanish. 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. After attending Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Harryhill has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue.

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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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Guzzo attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Guzzo accepts. 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, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Solid Tumor, Bladder Surgery, Robotic Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Susanna Lovell Nazarian, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 4 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Susanna Nazarian is a specialist in 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 is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Nazarian completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In addition to English, she speaks 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. Phillip Mucksavage, MD, BA
Specializes in Urology
800 Walnut Street; 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Mucksavage practices urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Mucksavage include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and partial cystectomy. Dr. Mucksavage is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 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, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Bladder Surgery, Pelvic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Melanie Amster works as an urologist. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: urodynamic testing, shock wave lithotripsy, and kidney stones. Dr. Amster is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Hahnemann University Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, Dr. Amster attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Amster has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Bruce Sloane works as an urologist in Philadelphia, PA and Darby, PA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Sloane's clinical interests: urodynamic testing, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Sloane attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. His residency was performed at North Shore University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Sloane is affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Hahnemann University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Cystocele, Holistic Approaches, Urodynamic Testing, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Prostate ... (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.