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Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Juan Caicedo specializes in general practice and transplant surgery and practices in Chicago, IL and Clair, IL. Dr. Caicedo is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Caicedo include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He studied medicine at National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Caicedo welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Donor ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $20,822
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $4,342
Daniela P. Ladner, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Daniela Ladner is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in general practice and transplant surgery. She has a special interest in liver cancer, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and kidney transplant. Dr. Ladner is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Biliary ... (Read more)

Jason A. Wertheim, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Transplant Surgery
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jason Wertheim's medical specialty is general practice and transplant surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Wertheim is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Wertheim attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Pancreas Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy

Joseph R. Leventhal, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Leventhal's areas of specialization are general practice and transplant surgery; he sees patients in Chicago, IL. Dr. Leventhal's areas of expertise include pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Leventhal is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Leventhal welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Abdominal Organ Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Pancreatic Surgery, Kidney Transplant, ... (Read more)

Robert B. Nadler, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology
average rating 2.68 stars (4 ratings)
675 N Saint Clair Street; Ste 20-150 Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Nadler's areas of specialization are general practice and urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Nadler is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include robotic partial nephrectomy, kidney stones, and robotic prostatectomy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nadler takes. Dr. Nadler attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Nadler's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwest Hospital, and Northwestern Medical Group (NMG). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic partial nephrectomy

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Robotic Prostatectomy, Minimally ... (Read more)

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What is Nephrectomy?

Kidneys are primarily known for producing urine, but they are also responsible for other important bodily functions, like waste removal. Kidneys filter impurities from the blood, and with the help of the adjacent adrenal glands, they maintain fluid and mineral balance in the body. If the tiny tubes that filter blood inside your kidney become lined with cancer cells, or if your kidney gets severely damaged, you may need kidney removal surgery, or a nephrectomy.

The size of the tumor or severity of the damage will determine the type of kidney removal surgery you need. If the tumor or damaged area is small, either partial or simple nephrectomy may be recommended. A partial nephrectomy removes only the tumor or damaged portion of the kidney, while a simple nephrectomy removes the entire kidney. If you have kidney cancer and it has spread to the adrenal gland, you may need a radical nephrectomy. This more extensive procedure completely removes the affected kidney and adrenal gland. When only one of your kidneys is damaged or has cancer, a nephrectomy may be the only treatment you need. However, if both kidneys are affected, you will need a kidney transplant after your nephrectomy.

Before the development of minimally invasive techniques, nephrectomies were always done via an open approach, which requires an incision up to 12 inches on the patient’s abdomen or side. Nowadays, kidney removal surgery is often done laparoscopically or with the help of robotics.

During a laparoscopic nephrectomy, the surgeon will make three or four incisions in the abdomen and side, each about an inch long. The incisions are used to insert probes and a camera to see inside your abdominal cavity. When the surgeon is ready to take the kidney out, she will make one of the incisions about three inches larger, cut the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder (called the ureter), put a bag around the kidney, and pull the organ out through the larger incision.

Sometimes, a robot with surgical instruments assists the surgeon in performing basically the same steps described above. However, unlike the laparoscopic approach, robotic nephrectomy allows a three-dimensional view of your abdominal cavity. In addition, the surgical instruments have a wider range of motion, enabling the surgeon to perform the complex maneuvers with more ease.

Both the laparoscopic and robotic procedures may take longer than an open nephrectomy, but the recovery time is much shorter, and patients feel significantly less pain compared to an open surgery. The average hospital stay after a nephrectomy is two days, and for about a day after the operation, you will have a urinary catheter, which is a long, flexible tube that drains urine from your bladder. All strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks, but to prevent blood clots from forming in your legs, it is important that you start walking with the help of a family member or nurse on the day of your surgery. On average, patients return to their normal routines about three weeks after a nephrectomy.

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