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 is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Dr. Williamson's areas of expertise include the following: intensive care, CT scan, and bronchoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Williamson completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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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 works as an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Quijano include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Quijano honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Quijano completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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

Dr. Steven Stites specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stites honors. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Dr. Stites completed his residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Stites has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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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 is an intensivist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Mermis attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and intensive care. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is 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. 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 specializes in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). These areas are among her clinical interests: sleep apnea, snoring, and CT scan. Dr. Spikes is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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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 is a specialist in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). His areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and CT scan. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Dr. Hamblin performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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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.