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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's area of specialization is transplant surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Caicedo studied medicine at National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Caicedo is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.): $9,434
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,704
Dr. Joseph R Leventhal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Leventhal practices transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leventhal include pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Leventhal is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Leventhal is open to new patients. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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 physician who specializes in transplant surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ladner include liver cancer, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and kidney transplant. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ladner's office for an appointment. She attended the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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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's area of specialization is transplant surgery. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Wertheim has a special interest in pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Wertheim 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's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Nadler's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nadler include minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Nadler has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nadler's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic partial nephrectomy

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Surgery, Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic ... (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's specialties are oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). He practices in Chicago, IL. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. In Dr. Abern's practice, he is particularly interested in partial nephrectomy and prostate cancer. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health).

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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 specializes in transplant surgery and practices in Chicago, IL. Dr. Tzvetanov has a special interest in small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tzvetanov accepts. Dr. Tzvetanov attended medical school at Medical University of Sofia. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Tzvetanov (or staff) speaks 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.): $5,282
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $812
Dr. Anton I Skaro, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1900
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anton Skaro is a medical specialist in transplant surgery. Dr. Skaro honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. For his residency, Dr. Skaro trained at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $9,434
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,624

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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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