We found 6 providers with an interest in lung transplant and who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Kansas City, KS.

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Dr. Franklin Ray Quijano, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Franklin Quijano works as an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Quijano graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Areas of expertise for Dr. Quijano include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and airway stent. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Quijano is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Airway Stent, Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Tuberculosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark J Hamblin, MD
Specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Mark Hamblin works as a pulmonologist and intensivist in Kansas City, KS and Overland Park, KS. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamblin include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wheezing. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Hamblin attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Hamblin is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Wheezing, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Thoracic Cancer, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy L Williamson, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Timothy Williamson is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. These areas are among Dr. Williamson's clinical interests: intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williamson accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Williamson attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Chest Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Douglas Mermis, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Joel Mermis works as an intensivist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Mermis's areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and intensive care. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mermis trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Ultrasound, Sarcoidosis, Lung Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven W Stites, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3011
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Steven Stites' medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stites include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wheezing. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stites attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Strong Memorial Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leslie A Spikes, MD
Specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
University of Kansas Medical Center 3901; Ms 3007
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Leslie Spikes practices pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Spikes's areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, snoring, and CT scan. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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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.

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