We found 7 providers matching nephrectomy and who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo-Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Juan Caicedo is a physician who specializes in transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Caicedo include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Caicedo accepts. He attended medical school at National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Caicedo's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $9,434
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,704
Dr. Jason Albert Wertheim, BS, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jason Wertheim works as a transplant surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Wertheim include pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Wertheim attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Wertheim is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

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

Dr. Joseph R Leventhal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Leventhal practices transplant surgery in Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leventhal include pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Leventhal takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Leventhal attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for residency. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

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

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

Dr. Daniela Ladner is a transplant surgery specialist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in liver cancer, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and kidney transplant. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ladner studied medicine at the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ladner's training includes a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

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

Dr. Anton I Skaro, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1900
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anton Skaro is a transplant surgeon. In his practice, he is particularly interested in kidney transplant and liver transplant. Dr. Skaro's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University for residency. Dr. Skaro honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $9,434
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,624
Dr. Robert B Nadler, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 North Saint Clair Street; Suite 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Nadler is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Nadler is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nadler takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic partial nephrectomy

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

Dr. Michael Ryan Abern, BS, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Urology
1801 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, Suite 1e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Abern's specialties are oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Abern has a special interest in partial nephrectomy and prostate cancer. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Abern attended medical school at Rush Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , partial nephrectomy

All Interests: Partial Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Prostate Cancer

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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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