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

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 works as an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. His areas of expertise include intensive care, CT scan, and bronchoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Williamson attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williamson honors.

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

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, who practices in Kansas City, KS, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Quijano is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Quijano is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (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 practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Kansas City, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Stites include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stites honors. Dr. Stites graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Lung ... (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 clinical interests include lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and intensive care. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mermis trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Ultrasound, Sarcoidosis, Lung Transplant, ... (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' medical specialty is pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). These areas are among Dr. Spikes's clinical interests: sleep apnea, snoring, and CT scan. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Spikes is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (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 sees patients in Kansas City, KS and Overland Park, KS. His medical specialties are pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Hamblin include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and CT scan. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Hamblin honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hamblin trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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

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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.