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We found 51 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. Before performing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Astra attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Astra's areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, lung surgery, and varicose veins. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is conversant in 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 Jeffrey Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 301
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Rick Schmidt specializes in thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Schmidt include breast biopsy, thyroid problems, and mastectomy (breast removal surgery). He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Schmidt is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Schmidt trained at Broadgreen Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating 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. Schmidt honors.

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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. Richard Shawn Gordon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
626 Virginia Street; 4th Floor
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Richard Gordon's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Largo, FL and Dunedin, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gordon include bowel resection, hemorrhoid banding, and thyroid surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Gordon attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at The Ottawa Hospital for residency. 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

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,092
  • Medicare Cost: $697
Dr. Gordon Howard Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2924 Bethany Place
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Zuerndorfer is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Zuerndorfer trained at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Zuerndorfer 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.

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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 areas of specialization are general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine); he sees patients in Safety Harbor, FL and New Port Richey, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Roth's clinical interests: thyroid problems, colectomy (colon resection), and hemorrhoid banding. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Roth studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He trained at Washington Hospital Center and The Washington Hospital, Pennsylvania for residency.

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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 sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialty is general gynecology. She speaks Spanish. Dr. St John's areas of expertise include minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's residency program. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes 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. Isidoros James Moraitis, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 406
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Isidoros Moraitis' specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Moraitis speaks Greek. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moraitis include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Moraitis's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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 specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hayter's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and 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. Patients gave Dr. Mirabello an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include microsurgery, trigger point injections, and joint injections. His professional affiliations include 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, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Harvard Medical School, Dr. Mirabello completed his residency training 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. Andrew Cade Messer, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
559 Austin Drive
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Messer's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Messer's clinical interests: trigger point injections, cervical (neck) spine problems, and lumbar fusion. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Messer accepts. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program 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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Torke's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For his professional training, Dr. Torke completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. 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. His practice 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

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,560 - $5,132
  • Medicare Cost: $539 - $1,130
Dr. Arif Amir Alidina, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3190 North Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Arif Alidina works as an otolaryngologist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Alidina has indicated that his clinical interests include thyroid problems, sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Alidina trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Alidina 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

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $606
  • Medicare Cost: $344
Dr. Samuel Abraham Joseph Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1800 Mease Drive
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Samuel Joseph is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Safety Harbor, FL and Tampa, FL. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Joseph include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Joseph takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he 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)

Dr. Jonathan Damon Hobson, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 200
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Hobson practices adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Clinical interests 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. Dr. Hobson attended Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston VA Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: **also Board Certified Internal Medicine**. Dr. Hobson has an open panel.

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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 is a facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Cicco-Brown is 2.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in thyroid problems, sinuplasty, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Cicco-Brown's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Diagnostic Clinic. 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. Dr. Cicco-Brown graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Cicco-Brown trained 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.

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Relevant Interests: , sinuplasty

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

Dr. Darshan V Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2595 Tampa Road; Suite U
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Darshan Patel is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His areas of expertise include heart problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Patel is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $802
  • Medicare Cost: $512

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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.