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Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo-Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Juan Caicedo is a physician who specializes in transplant surgery. Dr. Caicedo studied medicine at National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Caicedo speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Liver Disease, Surgical ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $20,822
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $4,342
Dr. Joseph R Leventhal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Leventhal specializes in transplant surgery and practices in Chicago, IL. These areas are among Dr. Leventhal's clinical interests: pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leventhal honors. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Leventhal has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

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

Dr. Daniela P Ladner, MPH, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Daniela Ladner is a specialist in transplant surgery. She works in Chicago, IL. She studied medicine at the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. These areas are among Dr. Ladner's clinical interests: liver cancer, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and kidney transplant. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ladner has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

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

Dr. Jason Albert Wertheim, BS, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jason Wertheim, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in transplant surgery. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Dr. Wertheim has indicated that his clinical interests include pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Wertheim is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

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

Dr. Robert B Nadler, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 North Saint Clair Street; Suite 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Nadler is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Nadler has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nadler include robotic partial nephrectomy, kidney stones, and robotic prostatectomy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Nadler is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nadler has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic partial nephrectomy

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

Dr. Michael Ryan Abern, BS, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Urology
1801 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, Suite 1e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Abern is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Abern include partial nephrectomy and prostate cancer. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health). Dr. Abern attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , partial nephrectomy

All Interests: Partial Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Ivo Georgiev Tzvetanov, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
1855 W. Taylor Street; Ear & Eye Infirmary (eei), Suite 1000
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ivo Tzvetanov is a physician who specializes in transplant surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Tzvetanov include small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. He is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at Medical University of Sofia, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Tzvetanov (or staff) speaks the following languages: Bulgarian and Russian.

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Clinical Interests: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Small Intestine Disorders, Kidney ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $10,690
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $2,819
Dr. Anton I Skaro, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1900
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anton Skaro's area of specialization is transplant surgery. Dr. Skaro's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University for residency. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $21,318
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $4,190

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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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