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

Dr. Thomas Guzzo is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Guzzo include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Guzzo attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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

Dr. Joseph Harryhill practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. Dr. Harryhill's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harryhill include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Harryhill attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Harryhill has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Harryhill is professionally affiliated with 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: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Cryosurgery, Hydrocelectomy, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Phillip Mucksavage, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: 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. Dr. Mucksavage graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 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: , 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. Susanna Lovell Nazarian, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 1st Floor Founders Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Susanna Nazarian is a specialist in transplant surgery. Her areas of expertise include dialysis access procedures, pancreas transplant, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Nazarian takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She is conversant in French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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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

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

Dr. Melanie Amster is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed Dr. Amster at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Amster include kidney stones, urinary retention, and women's health issues. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College for residency. Dr. Amster has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with 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. Alan J Wein, MD
Specializes in Urology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Penn Medicine; Division of Urology
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Wein, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Wein include bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and partial nephrectomy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wein is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-16; Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2016; and Philadelphia Super Doctors. His 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. 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). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Hagg's hospital/clinic affiliations include Lankenau Medical Center and Urology Health Specialists (UHS), LLC. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Hagg trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

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

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

Dr. Bruce Sloane is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Sloane's areas of expertise include the following: vaginal prolapse, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and holistic medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sloane is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at North Shore University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Cystocele, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Prostate Ablation, Female Urologic Disorders, ... (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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