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Dr. Barry Lynn Winton, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
1345 W Bay Drive; Suite 304
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Barry Winton is a specialist in cardiac surgery. He works in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winton takes. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Winton trained at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Winton's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Stenosis, Hypertension, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ragab
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Ragab works as a spine surgeon, alternative medicine practitioner, and orthopedic surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ragab include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. Ragab is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Ragab is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has an open panel. He attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He speaks Spanish.

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Featured Message: Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Merrill Alan Krolick, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 330
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Largo, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Miramar, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Krolick is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Krolick trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , endovascular stent grafting

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bansal
Specializes in Pediatric Sports Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohit Bansal's medical specialty is pediatric sports medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Bansal completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: sports health and shoulder problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bansal (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Bansal's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Featured Message: Tampa Bay Rowdies Team Doctor

Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Gary Hayter, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road, Suite E2; E2
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Hayter is an orthopedic surgeon in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Hayter is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his residency, Dr. Hayter trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Hayter is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hip arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Hip Resurfacing, Tendonitis, Hip Arthroscopy, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine E Dadisman, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Katherine Dadisman is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Belleair, FL and Clearwater, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Dadisman obtained her medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Botsford Hospital. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. Lourdes Teresa Santiago, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1305 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Lourdes Santiago's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Her clinical interests include bowel resection, hemorrhoid banding, and biopsy. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Santiago is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Santiago attended Ponce School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Santiago speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Tennova Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colon surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Paracentesis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Rectal Prolapse, Bowel Resection, Ileostomy, Colostomy, Flexible ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose Luis Gallastegui-Samame, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jose Gallastegui is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Gallastegui speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of pacemaker, echocardiogram (echo), and heart stent placement. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System. After completing medical school at Cayetano Heredia University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Gallastegui accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Stent Placement, Stress Testing, Echocardiogram, Pacemaker, Cardiac Catheterization

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Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 58
  • Charge (avg.): $2,000 - $3,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $542 - $929
Dr. Diana C Connor, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Diana Connor is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Connor's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Connor attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Connor is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard B Rudolph, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Rudolph's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. His clinical interests include high risk pregnancy, infertility, and endometrial biopsy. He is affiliated with Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Rudolph is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rudolph accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen K Saravanos, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Karen Saravanos specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. She speaks Greek. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saravanos include high risk pregnancy, infertility, and endometrial biopsy. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She trained at Strong Memorial Hospital for residency. Patients gave Dr. Saravanos an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Georgette J McCance, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Georgette McCance's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. McCance include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCance honors. Before completing her residency at Baystate Medical Center, Dr. McCance attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. McCance (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Saul R Lerner, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Saul Lerner works as a general OB/GYN in Clearwater, FL. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Lerner is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Nassau University Medical Center, Dr. Lerner attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Lerner (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. His professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colon surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Brooke Ellen Ritter, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Brooke Ritter is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She works in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Ritter include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Sacred Heart Hospital. Dr. Ritter's professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katharine V Weinstock, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Katharine Weinstock is a general OB/GYN in Clearwater, FL. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Weinstock performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), infertility, and endometrial biopsy. The average patient rating for Dr. Weinstock is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Weinstock (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. She is professionally affiliated with Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Salter, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
10011 Seminole Boulevard; Suite A
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Salter specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Seminole, FL. Her areas of expertise include colposcopy, salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), and hysterosalpingography. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Women's Care Florida. Dr. Salter attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for residency. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Colposcopy, Abdominal Aortogram, Hysterosalpingography, Umbilical Hernia, Cervix Problems, Breast ... (Read more)

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using tiny tools and several small incisions instead of one large one. First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has now become commonly used for all kinds of procedures because it offers so many benefits over traditional surgery.

Since minimally invasive surgery minimizes the amount of injury that a patient experiences by avoiding a large incision, it typically results in fewer issues after surgery. There tend to be fewer stitches needed, less scarring, less pain, a faster recovery time, and a lower risk of infection. Some minimally invasive procedures even require less anesthesia than usual.

There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
  • Laparoscopic surgery, where several small incisions are made. A tiny camera is inserted into one, and the surgeon looks at the procedure on a video screen while moving tools through the other openings.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which is performed using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, hollow tube that contains a camera. It can be inserted either through a small incision or an existing opening such as the nose. Tiny tools can be passed through the tube to the area that needs to be worked on.
  • Robotic surgery, which uses tools that are even smaller and more precise than laparoscopic tools. The tools and camera are inserted through a small opening, and then the surgeon controls the robot from a computer in another room.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the right choice in every situation. However in many cases, it makes surgery less difficult to handle.
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