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Dr. Anton Ivan Skaro, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anton Skaro's medical specialty is transplant surgery. After attending The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Skaro include liver cancer, pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. In addition to English, he speaks Croatian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $9,434
  • Medicare Cost: $1,624
Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo-Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
19th Floor, Arkes Pavilion - Transplant Surgery; 676 N. St. Clair Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Juan Caicedo's medical specialty is transplant surgery. Dr. Caicedo graduated from National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include liver cancer, pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Caicedo speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Liver Disease, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $9,434
  • Medicare Cost: $1,704
Dr. Joseph Ross Leventhal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Leventhal's specialty is transplant surgery. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. In Dr. Leventhal's practice, he is particularly interested in pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Leventhal's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Abdominal Organ Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Pancreatic Surgery, Kidney Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Talia Barzel Baker, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Talia Baker's specialties are general surgery and transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baker include pancreas transplant, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and kidney transplant. Dr. Baker's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. She is in-network for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Baker has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, Hepatobiliary Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniela P Ladner, MPH, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Daniela Ladner practices transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ladner include liver cancer, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and kidney transplant. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Ladner attended medical school at the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ladner is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Biliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Albert Wertheim, BS, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jason Wertheim's area of specialization is transplant surgery. Dr. Wertheim's clinical interests encompass pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Wertheim is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Pancreas Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy

Dr. Robert B Nadler, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Nadler is an urologist in Chicago, IL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Nadler honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Nadler has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic partial nephrectomy

All Interests: Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (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.