We found 49 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1423 near Palm Harbor, FL.

Dr. Louis Ian Astra, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1501 Alternate 19 South; Bay Area Surgical Specialties
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Louis Astra practices vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Astra has indicated that his clinical interests include lung surgery, varicose veins, and aneurysm. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Astra speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, endovascular surgery

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Stent Placement, Aneurysm, Lung Problems, Angiogram, Stent, Cancer, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Jeffery Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 301
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Rick Schmidt's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, thyroid problems, and mastectomy (breast removal surgery). Dr. Schmidt's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Schmidt is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Broadgreen Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Schmidt attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine.

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Clinical Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Thyroid Problems, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Colonoscopy

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $1,558
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $693
Dr. Richard Shawn Gordon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
626 Virginia Street; 4th Floor
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Richard Gordon's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The Ottawa Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gordon include bowel resection, hemorrhoid banding, and thyroid surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gordon honors. Dr. Gordon's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Breast Biopsy, Bowel Resection, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lumpectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hemorrhoid ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,092
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $697
Dr. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 409
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. His education and training includes medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Whiddon's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Gordon H Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2924 Bethany Place
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Zuerndorfer's areas of expertise include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zuerndorfer honors.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Todd Roth, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 301
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Robert Roth's specialties are general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He practices in Safety Harbor, FL and New Port Richey, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and residency at Washington Hospital Center and The Washington Hospital, Pennsylvania. Dr. Roth's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, colectomy (colon resection), and hemorrhoid banding. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roth honors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Breast Biopsy, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 33
  • Charge (avg.): $941 - $1,433
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $408 - $625
Dr. Ronald Gary Hayter, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
35111 Us 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Hayter works as an orthopedist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Hayter has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating 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, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hayter trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for his residency. He 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. Steven Carl Mirabello, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Steven Mirabello, who practices in Palm Harbor, FL and New Port Richie, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mirabello graduated from Harvard Medical School. He trained at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases for his residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: microsurgery, trigger point injections, and joint injections. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mirabello is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 267
  • Charge (avg.): $2,271 - $4,111
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $186 - $1,130
Dr. Isidoros James Moraitis, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 406
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Isidoros Moraitis specializes in plastic surgery. Dr. Moraitis's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and body contouring. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Moraitis is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Eye Muscle Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Chin Implants, Nipple ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Cade Messer, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
559 Austin Drive
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Messer is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Messer include trigger point injections, cervical (neck) spine problems, and lumbar fusion. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Messer studied medicine at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University for his residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Messer a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Spinal Procedures, Fractures, Back Problems, Lower ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 26
  • Charge (avg.): $6,594
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $817
Dr. Mark Daniel Torke, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Mark Torke is an orthopedist. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and trigger point injections. Dr. Torke is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Torke performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $2,560 - $5,132
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $539 - $1,130
Dr. Patricia Ann St. John, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 200
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Patricia St John is a specialist in general gynecology. She works in Clearwater, FL. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She is especially interested in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Dr. St John honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing her residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. St John attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. St John is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Drew Eugene Warnick, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
3850 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Drew Warnick's areas of specialization are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His clinical interests include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Warnick graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Warnick speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Arif Amir Alidina, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3190 North Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Arif Alidina sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Alidina's practice, he is particularly interested in thyroid problems, sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at West Virginia University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Clinical Interests: Ear Problems, Sleep Apnea, Nose Problems, Head and Neck Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Throat Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $606
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $344

Specializes in Urology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. James Zachary practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Safety Harbor, FL. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at UNC Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zachary include kidney stones and urinary tract infection (UTI). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zachary is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infection

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 40
  • Charge (avg.): $1,216 - $1,489
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $695 - $834
Dr. James David Gallagher, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 401
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. James Gallagher's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Gallagher performed his residency at York Hospital. His areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy, endometrial biopsy, and estrogen replacement therapy. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gallagher is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement ... (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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