Dr. Ash Tewari | Prostate Cancer Center NYC

New Patients

What should I bring to my first visit?

Prior to your appointment, you will be asked to gather certain medical information pertinent to your general health and any information that you may have related to your prostate cancer diagnosis.

The prostate cancer related medical information we ask you about typically includes:

  • PSA and general blood test results
  • prostate biopsy slides
  • pathology reports
  • imaging results

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about getting your clinical information together at the time we schedule your evaluation appointment. You may be asked to obtain further testing after your initial visit.

What should I expect during my first visit?

During your initial prostate cancer evaluation visit, you will be examined by Dr. Tewari and members of his clinical team who will also review your clinical records. Your suitability for ARTTM robotic prostate surgery will be evaluated and discussed with you. You will have ample opportunity to discuss any concerns and ask any questions you may have.

If you are a suitable prostate cancer surgery candidate and you wish to schedule the surgery you may begin that process right after you have been evaluated. Alternatively, you may wish to take time to consider the decision and contact at a later date to schedule your robotic surgery.

If you decide that ARTTM robotic surgery is the right prostate cancer treatment for you, we will e-mail you information that is specially prepared to address many of the questions new patients might have. The e-mail will also include all necessary instructions and other important information related to your robotic prostatectomy. If you prefer, we can provide the information in printed form.

We offer our patients priority e-mail access to our staff. This is the easiest and most efficient way to communicate with us for all non-emergency matters and we are committed to respond to all inquiries submitted through e-mail as soon as possible, certainly by the next business day after we receive the e-mail. Once you are given your appointment we will provide you with access to our password protected email direct link to our clinical staff.

We will attempt to contact you by telephone if we feel that the problem you raised requires immediate response. Of course, you always have the option of calling us directly at the number on left.

We offer our patients priority e-mail access to our staff. This is the easiest and most efficient way to communicate with us for all non-emergency matters and we are committed to respond to all inquiries submitted through e-mail as soon as possible, certainly by the next business day after we receive the e-mail. Once you are given your appointment we will provide you with access to our password protected email direct link to our clinical staff.

We will attempt to contact you by telephone if we feel that the problem you raised requires immediate response. Of course, you always have the option of calling us directly at the number on left.

What should I expect during my biopsy?

A prostate biopsy is a procedure to remove samples (or cores) of tissue from the prostate. The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland that produces fluid that makes up semen in men.

A prostate biopsy is usually done by a urologist where a fine needle is used to take several small samples of the prostate through the rectum.

A prostate biopsy is used to detect prostate cancer. Your doctor may recommend a prostate biopsy if:

    Your prostate specific antigen (PSA) test was elevated
    Hardening (or nodule) was detected on digital rectal exam (DRE)
    No cancer was detected on previous prostate biopsies but you continue to have an elevated PSA
    Abnormal, but non-cancerous, cells were found on previous biopsies

Some risks of prostate biopsy include:

    Infection. The most common risk associated with transrectal ultrasound guided biopsy is infection.
    Bleeding. Bleeding at the biopsy site is a common risk.
    Hematospermia (blood in the semen).A Blood in the semen can persist for up to six weeks following prostate biopsy.
    Urinary retention or difficulty urinating.

Please contact our office if you have more questions related to prostate biopsy.

Insurance Information:

If you decide to proceed with ARTTM robotic surgery, you will be asked to provide us with your insurance information, if applicable. Our financial counselors will discuss payment options with you, and are ready to assist you in banking and fund transfers, currency conversions and verification of insurance benefits, if appropriate. We will provide you with an estimate of charges for physician and hospital services as well as arrange for pre-admission deposits and special packages.

Our practice accepts most major insurance plans, including:

  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna-Weill Cornell Employee Product
  • Anthem BCBS PPO
  • Cigna
  • Empire B/S HMO, PPO, EPO
  • GHI PPO
  • GHI HMO
  • HealthNet (PHS)
  • HIP
  • HIP Medicare
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Rockefeller University Employee Product Core Source
  • United Empire Plan
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care Medicare

Please contact our office if your plan is not listed. Generally, we will accept the above insurance companies' payment as payment in full for your surgery although you will be responsible for any copays and deductibles. Our staff will contact your insurance company to ascertain your coverage, obtain precertification and determine your co-pay responsibility.

Anesthesiology and Pathology typically bill separately. It is the patient's responsibility to obtain insurance pre-certification from these departments.

If you do not have insurance coverage you will be responsible for all charges related to your surgery. Payment arrangements will be discussed with you at the time your surgery is scheduled.

Transferring Patients and Continuity of Care

We are committed to providing world-class care for all our patients. This includes a plan for continuity of care between our highly specialized services and their general practitioners and urologists.

If your patient elects to have robotic prostate cancer surgery with us, you will receive a detailed surgical report following the procedure. Pathology reports will also be forwarded to you.

If your patient elects to have robotic prostate cancer surgery with us, you will receive a detailed surgical report following the procedure. Pathology reports will also be forwarded to you.

Dr. Tewari will also contact your office to provide details of the surgery and what the patient can expect with respect to follow-up care. We understand the importance of the continuity of care and the trust involved in transferring patients. We will keep you informed of your patient's status throughout the transfer process and we are always available to promptly answer any questions you may have. After catheter removal, usually five to eight days following surgery, we will return your patients to you for any and all follow up and other medical services. Dr. Tewari welcomes inquiries from physicians on any and all aspects of his work in treatment and research and regularly hosts physicians who are interested in his techniques and wish to tour his facilities. If you would like to discuss a case with him please don't hesitate to contact him.

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