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We found 52 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 is a vascular surgeon and thoracic surgeon in New Port Richey, FL and Tarpon Springs, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, lung surgery, and varicose veins. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Astra obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Astra speaks Spanish.

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

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

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 practices in Largo, FL and Dunedin, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Gordon include bowel resection, hemorrhoid banding, and thyroid surgery. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and residency at The Ottawa Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,092
  • Medicare Cost: $697
Dr. Richard Jeffrey Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 301
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Rick Schmidt, who practices in Safety Harbor, FL, is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include breast biopsy, thyroid problems, and mastectomy (breast removal surgery). His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Schmidt obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Broadgreen Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schmidt 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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Clinical Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Thyroid Problems, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Colonoscopy

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,558
  • Medicare Cost: $693
Dr. Gordon Howard Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2924 Bethany Place
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Zuerndorfer include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors 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 Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Zuerndorfer's residency was performed 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. Steven Carl Mirabello, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Steven Mirabello is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Palm Harbor, FL and New Port Richie, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Mirabello average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Mirabello's clinical interests: microsurgery, trigger point injections, and joint injections. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

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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

  • Medicare Volume: 267
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,271 - $4,111
  • Medicare Cost: $186 - $1,130
Dr. Robert Todd Roth, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 301
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Robert Roth is a medical specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Roth's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, colectomy (colon resection), and hemorrhoid banding. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roth accepts. After attending Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Washington Hospital Center and The Washington Hospital, Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with 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

  • Medicare Volume: 33
  • Uninsured Cost: $941 - $1,433
  • Medicare Cost: $408 - $625
Dr. Patricia Ann St. John, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
3190 North Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 200
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Patricia St John practices general gynecology in Clearwater, FL. Dr. St John has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her clinical interests encompass minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She is in-network for 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. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

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

Dr. Isidoros Moraitis is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. Dr. Moraitis has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Moraitis include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Moraitis obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency 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, Injectable Fillers, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Gary Hayter, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
35111 Us 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Hayter is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for residency. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Hayter accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is 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. Arif Amir Alidina, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3190 North Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Arif Alidina is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Clearwater, FL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alidina's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Alidina 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 attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and then went on to complete 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

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $606
  • Medicare Cost: $344
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. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include trigger point injections, cervical (neck) spine problems, and lumbar fusion. Dr. Messer is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Messer graduated from Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University.

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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

  • Medicare Volume: 26
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,594
  • Medicare Cost: $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. Dr. Torke's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and trigger point injections. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Torke is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His practice is open to new patients. After attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC).

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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

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,560 - $5,132
  • Medicare Cost: $539 - $1,130
Dr. Jonathan Damon Hobson, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 200
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Hobson is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in Safety Harbor, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hobson include mitral valve prolapse, holter monitoring, and electrophysiological (EP) study. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. 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. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Hobson graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Boston VA Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: **also Board Certified Internal Medicine**.

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Clinical Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Hypertension, Tricuspid ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 111
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,434 - $2,771
  • Medicare Cost: $448 - $858
Dr. Christine Marie Cicco-Brown, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
3131 North Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Christine Cicco-Brown's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); she sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Cicco-Brown's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cicco-Brown include thyroid problems, sinuplasty, and thyroid surgery. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Cicco-Brown attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , sinuplasty

All Interests: Neck Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Surgery, Sinuplasty

Dr. Michael E Nerney, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
3131 North Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Nerney works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Nerney honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Nerney is affiliated with Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,431
  • Medicare Cost: $723
Dr. Matthew Ryan Galloway, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
37026 Us Hwy 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Galloway, who practices in Tampa, FL, Oldsmar, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Galloway include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tampa Community Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Galloway studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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