We found 5 providers with an interest in lung transplant and who accept United Healthcare Compass near Houston, TX.

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Kim Insua De La Cruz MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
1 Baylor Plaza; # Bcm390
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kim De La Cruz is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung transplant, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. De La Cruz is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Heart Institute (THI).

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm, Lung Transplant, Thoracic Endovascular Aortic ... (Read more)

George Mallory MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Mallory, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. Dr. Mallory is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his residency, Dr. Mallory trained at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

Amit Parulekar M.D.
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1709 Dryden Road; Ms Bcm620, Suite 9.59
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Amit Parulekar is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung transplant, intensive care, and asthma. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH). After attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Parulekar completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parulekar honors.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Transplant, Intensive Care, Lung Problems, Asthma

Goutham Dronavalli MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6620 Main Street; Ste 11c.11
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Goutham Dronavalli's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Dronavalli include lung transplant, intensive care, and lung problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Kasturba Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Dr. Dronavalli is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH).

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Intensive Care, Lung Problems

Kevin Anthony Grimes MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
average rating 3.58 stars (3 ratings)
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1540
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Grimes sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Grimes attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Grimes include lung transplant, heart transplant, and osteomyelitis. The average patient rating for Dr. Grimes is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Grimes has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital.

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All Interests: Kidney Transplant, Osteomyelitis, Heart Transplant, Bone Marrow Transplant, Liver Transplant, Lung ... (Read more)

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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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