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We found 6 providers matching nephrectomy and who accept United Healthcare Bronze EPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Richard Edward Link Jr., BS, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Link is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Link's areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Link is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , nephrectomy (kidney removal)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 21
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,511
  • Medicare Cost: $1,592
Dr. Terry Kent Scarborough, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1200 Binz Street; 950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Scarborough practices general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Scarborough is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Scarborough's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann and Park Plaza Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Scarborough has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Gastric Bypass Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Surena F Matin, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Mdacc, Unit 1373
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Surena Matin's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Matin attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. He has received distinctions including SUO Young Investigator Award, Society of Urologic Oncology; Scholar, Academic Fellowship Exchange, Urological Association /European Association of Urology; and National Health Information Award. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,882
  • Medicare Cost: $1,485
Dr. Christopher Griffith Wood, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Urology
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Department of Urology- Unit 1373
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Wood's specialties are oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Wood trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for his residency. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wood has received distinctions including Best Doctors in America; Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Marquis; and Top Doctors in Houston.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 56
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,723 - $9,792
  • Medicare Cost: $1,263 - $1,294
Dr. Wesley Adam Mayer, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wesley Mayer is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), and ureteroscopy. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Mayer attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Prostate Problems, Kidney Stones, Kidney Transplant, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,120
  • Medicare Cost: $1,606
Dr. Samit D Soni, MD
Specializes in Urology
7200 Cambridge Street; #10b
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Samit Soni is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Houston, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Soni (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati. His clinical interests include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), polycystic kidney disease, and shock wave lithotripsy. Dr. Soni studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Soni has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Shock Wave Lithotripsy, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Transplant ... (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.