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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 specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Scheinin attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. Scheinin has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $12,065
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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 heart surgeon, general surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). The average patient rating for Dr. Bruckner is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Bruckner 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's specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Dr. Suarez 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. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Suarez 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 Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Edward Chan's specialty is thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Chan include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and lung cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Chan attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency. Dr. Chan is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Reginald Munden specializes in diagnostic radiology. His areas of expertise consist of lung transplant and chest pain. Dr. Munden accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Munden completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Wake Forest Baptist Health.

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All Interests: Lung Problems, Lung Surgery, Cancer Screening, Chest Pain, Lung Transplant

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kiran Nair's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He practices in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. These areas are among Dr. Nair's clinical interests: lung transplant, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and sleep apnea. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Nair welcomes new patients.

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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 works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Houston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Park is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Park's clinical interests: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Park is accepting new patients. She attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Temple University Hospital for residency.

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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 specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology and practices in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant and bronchoscopy. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kaleekal graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kaleekal's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Lung Transplant

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

Dr. J. Casar is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. His areas of expertise include diabetes, lung biopsy, and lung transplant. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Casar attended medical school at La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and more.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Hypertension, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Neeraj Sinha practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology in Houston, TX. Dr. Sinha's areas of expertise include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and bronchoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Sinha completed a residency program at Westchester Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Sinha has an open panel.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Lung Surgery, Asthma, Lung Transplant, Smoking Cessation

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 is a general internist, intensivist, and adult pulmonologist in Baytown, TX and Houston, TX. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Goodarzi accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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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.

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