We found 6 providers matching nephrectomy and who accept United Healthcare Silver near Houston, TX.
Dr. Richard Link is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Link's education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Link's practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , nephrectomy (kidney removal)
All Interests: Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Endourology; Minimally Invasive Surgery, Renal Mass, ... (Read more)
2013 Procedure Details
- Medicare Volume: 21
- Uninsured Cost: $8,511
- Medicare Cost: $1,592
Dr. Terry Scarborough is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and acid reflux (GERD). Patients rated Dr. Scarborough highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Scarborough is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Scarborough is affiliated with Memorial Hermann and Park Plaza Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy
All Interests: Roux-en-Y Surgery, Acid Reflux Surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastric Sleeve, Lap Band Surgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Surena Matin's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Matin honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Matin include: SUO Young Investigator Award, Society of Urologic Oncology; Scholar, Academic Fellowship Exchange, Urological Association /European Association of Urology; and National Health Information Award. Dr. Matin is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
2013 Procedure Details
- Medicare Volume: 17
- Uninsured Cost: $8,882
- Medicare Cost: $1,485
Dr. Christopher Wood specializes in oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Wood's medical residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Wood has received include Best Doctors in America; Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Marquis; and Top Doctors in Houston. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
2013 Procedure Details
- Medicare Volume: 56
- Uninsured Cost: $7,723 - $9,792
- Medicare Cost: $1,263 - $1,294
Dr. Wesley Mayer works as an urologist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), and ureteroscopy. He is affiliated with 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 honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.
Clinical Interests: General Urology, Kidney Stones, Kidney Transplants, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Cancer ... (Read more)
2013 Procedure Details
- Medicare Volume: 15
- Uninsured Cost: $6,120
- Medicare Cost: $1,606
Dr. Samit Soni works as an urologist. His clinical interests include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), polycystic kidney disease, and shock wave lithotripsy. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Soni takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Soni (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati.
Relevant Interests: , robotic partial nephrectomy, nephrectomy (kidney removal)
All Interests: Robotic / Laparoscopic / Single-Site Surgery, Percutaneous / Endoscopic Surgery, Kidney Cancer / ... (Read more)
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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.