We found 48 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's specialties are vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. He practices in New Port Richey, FL and Tarpon Springs, FL. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Astra has a special interest in lung surgery, varicose veins, and aneurysm. Before performing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Astra attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Astra 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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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 Jeffrey Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 301
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Rick Schmidt works as a chest surgeon. He obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Broadgreen Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Schmidt's areas of expertise include breast biopsy, thyroid problems, and mastectomy (breast removal surgery). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Largo, FL and Dunedin, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Gordon include bowel resection, hemorrhoid banding, and thyroid surgery. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Gordon is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Gordon is in-network for 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: 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. Gordon Howard Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2924 Bethany Place
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Zuerndorfer's clinical interests include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Zuerndorfer's education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

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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 is a general surgeon and intensive care specialist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roth include thyroid problems, colectomy (colon resection), and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Roth is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Roth completed his residency training at Washington Hospital Center and The Washington Hospital, Pennsylvania.

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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. Isidoros James Moraitis, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 406
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Isidoros Moraitis sees patients in Palm Harbor, FL. His medical specialty is plastic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Moraitis's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and body contouring. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, Dr. Moraitis 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. Ronald Gary Hayter, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
35111 Us 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Hayter specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Hayter a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency 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. Steven Carl Mirabello, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Steven Mirabello's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mirabello include microsurgery, trigger point injections, and joint injections. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mirabello accepts. Dr. Mirabello attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases for residency.

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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. Patricia Ann St. John, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 200
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Patricia St John is a general gynecologist. Dr. St John speaks Spanish. She is especially interested in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for residency. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

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

Dr. Andrew Messer specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Tarpon Springs, FL. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Messer takes. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University, Dr. Messer attended Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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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's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and trigger point injections. Dr. Torke honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Torke's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Arif Alidina's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). After attending West Virginia University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has indicated that his clinical interests include thyroid problems, sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Alidina average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alidina is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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
Dr. Samuel Abraham Joseph Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1800 Mease Drive
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Samuel Joseph works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Safety Harbor, FL and Tampa, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Joseph is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He 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. He graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Joseph speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery

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

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

Dr. James Zachary's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zachary include kidney stones and urinary tract infection (UTI). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at UNC Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. 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. Jennifer Botts Buck, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
35080 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Buck specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Palm Harbor, FL. Her areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. The average patient rating for Dr. Buck is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Buck accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Buck graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Buck completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Lip Implants, ... (Read more)

Dr. Yaser Sedrak Bassel, MD
Specializes in Urology
35095 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Yaser Bassel works as an urologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bassel include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), shock wave lithotripsy, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Bassel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Bassel attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. He is conversant in Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Bladder Cancer, Shock Wave Lithotripsy, ... (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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