We found 4 providers with an interest in lung transplant and who accept Blue Choice near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Malcolm McAvoy Decamp Jr., MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 650
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Malcolm Decamp is a chest surgeon in Chicago, IL and Lake Forest, IL. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and emphysema. Dr. Decamp is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for residency. Dr. Decamp has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Tracheal Surgery, Thymoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ankit Bharat, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 650
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ankit Bharat is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and chest wall reconstruction. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Bharat's education and training includes medical school at Christian Medical College and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Thoracic Cancer, Chest Wall Reconstruction, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Hector Rene Cajigas, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 18-250; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Hector Cajigas' areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Cajigas attended medical school at Autonomous University of Baja California. His training includes a residency program at Michael Reese Hospital. His areas of expertise consist of lung transplant, intensive care, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Cajigas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG). His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Intensive Care, Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Sangeeta M Bhorade, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
676 N Saint Clair Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sangeeta Bhorade is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bhorade include lung transplant and pulmonary fibrosis. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis

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What is a Lung Transplant?

Patients who have very severe lung disease may need a lung transplant. The diseased lung is entirely removed and replaced with a healthy lung, usually donated by a person who died. Either one or both lungs can be transplanted.

Contrary to popular belief, lung transplant is rarely used to treat lung cancer. It is a more common treatment for patients with other advanced lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lung transplant is a serious operation and is generally used as a last resort for patients who have only a short time to live without surgery.

During a transplant, an incision is made on the side of the chest (for a single lung) or in the middle (for both lungs). Patients may be hooked up to a heart-lung bypass machine, which will do the work of moving blood and oxygen through the body during the procedure. After the diseased lung is cut away from the main airway and blood vessels, the donor lung is stitched into place. Surgery may take as long as twelve hours, and a hospital stay of two to three weeks after surgery is not uncommon. For the first hours or day after surgery, patients use a ventilator, or a machine to help them breathe. Tubes will be inserted into the chest to help drain excess air and fluid. During recovery, physical therapy and breathing exercises are used to help the new lung work as well as possible.

Lung capacity is carefully monitored for several months after surgery. Patients who have had a transplant will also have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. These drugs stop the body’s immune system from attacking the new lung. The main risks after a transplant are infection and rejection (when the immune system attacks the ‘foreign’ lung). A healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a diet high in vegetables and lean protein, not smoking, and getting enough exercise, is important to keeping the lungs functioning as well as possible. With proper care, many patients can live ten or even twenty years after a lung transplant.