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Dr. Scott Alan Scheinin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1750
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Scott Scheinin is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Scheinin's areas of expertise include lung transplant, mitral valve prolapse, and lung cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scheinin accepts. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Scheinin is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Scheinin has an open panel.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $12,065
  • Medicare Cost: $3,317
Dr. Brian Allen Bruckner, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Bruckner is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Bruckner's areas of expertise include the following: lung biopsy, lung transplant, and heart transplant. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Bruckner is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Erik Eddie Suarez, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erik Suarez is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Suarez's areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, lung cancer, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Edward Y Chan, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Chan, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Chan include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and lung cancer. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Transplant, Lung Tumor Resection, Collapsed Lung, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mathias Loebe works as a general surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Loebe include lung transplant, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Loebe is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Loebe's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Kiran Dev Nair, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kiran Nair is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Nair include lung transplant, lung cancer, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Dr. Nair is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Nair is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Spirometry, ... (Read more)

Dr. Myung Hee Park, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Myung Park's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; she sees patients in Houston, TX. Her clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. Dr. Park is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Her practice is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Park attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Stephen Kaleekal, MEd, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6445 Main Street; Outpatient Center 26th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Kaleekal practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. In his practice, Dr. Kaleekal focuses on lung transplant and bronchoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaleekal graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kaleekal welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Lung Transplant

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Casar, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Casar include lung transplant, lung cancer, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Casar honors. Dr. Casar attended medical school at La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Reginald Frank Munden, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
6565 Fannin Street; Suite M-204
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Reginald Munden's medical specialty is diagnostic radiology. Dr. Munden's education and training includes medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung transplant and lung cancer. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Munden is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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All Interests: Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Lung Transplant

Dr. Neeraj Sinha, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6445 Main Street; Outpatient Center, 26th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Neeraj Sinha, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include the following: lung biopsy, lung transplant, and lung cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sinha accepts. Dr. Sinha's education and training includes medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and residency at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Sinha is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Asthma, Lung Transplant, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Ahmad Goodarzi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6445 Main Street; Outpatient Center 26th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ahmad Goodarzi sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are general internal medicine, critical care (intensive care medicine), and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include lung transplant, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Goodarzi is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Goodarzi is accepting new patients. He graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Laser Treatment, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung Transplant

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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.