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We found 36 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Amerigroup near Pinellas Park, FL.

Dr. Kevin Lee Huguet, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
960 7th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Huguet is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Huguet's medical residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. Dr. Huguet's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoid ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 59
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,700 - $2,558
  • Medicare Cost: $513 - $1,422
Dr. Tiffany Michelle Jessee, DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
900 Carillon Parkway; Ste 401; Street
Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Tiffany Jessee specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. She is especially interested in sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Jessee's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. She studied medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Largo Medical Center. She is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jessee takes.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Appendicitis, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Obesity, Gastrointestinal Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 32
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,928 - $5,000
  • Medicare Cost: $985 - $1,643
Dr. Harold Matthew Couch, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4801 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. H. Couch sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients rated Dr. Couch highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Couch include bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and tracheostomy. 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 Flinders University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Couch (or staff) speaks Spanish and Thai. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Paracentesis, Hemorrhoidectomy, Bowel Resection, Ileostomy, Colostomy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Wayne Sharf, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6500 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Howard Sharf practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Sharf's clinical interests encompass spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and musculoskeletal surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharf accepts. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Sharf is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Neck Pain, Spinal Procedures, Fractures, Back Problems, Strains, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. Emanuel Liwanag Javate, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive No; Suite 200-a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Emanuel Javate sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Javate is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Javate's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and endometrial biopsy. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General 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. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Javate trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Romeo Docena Acosta Jr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive N; Suite 200a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Romeo Acosta's specialty is general gynecology. Dr. Acosta is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Acosta include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and endometrial biopsy. 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. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Acosta completed his residency training at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Cystocele, Blood Tests, Hysteroscopy, Essure, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Herrick's areas of expertise include the following: foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Herrick is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Ochsner Medical Center's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Neck Pain, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,153
  • Medicare Cost: $487
Dr. Shalin Satish Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
4805 49th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Shalin Shah's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shah include ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Shah 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. Dr. Shah's education and training includes medical school at Medical College Baroda and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 61
  • Uninsured Cost: $544 - $1,050
  • Medicare Cost: $463 - $913
Dr. Daniel Penello, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12416 66th Street; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Penello is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, Dr. Penello attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hand problems and musculoskeletal surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 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. Penello honors. He speaks Italian. Dr. Penello's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy

All Interests: Elbow Arthroscopy, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Tendon Transfer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wilfredo Lorenzo, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive N; Suite 200a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Wilfredo Lorenzo is a physician who specializes in general gynecology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Lorenzo include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and endometrial biopsy. Dr. Lorenzo is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Lorenzo obtained his medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and performed his residency at San Juan Municipal Hospital. 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. Lorenzo honors.

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

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

Dr. Rafat Saad Nashed, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104 North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rafat Nashed, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include total joint replacement. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Nashed attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL Injury, Knee Sprain, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Anthony Tirone, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
8839 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 310
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Tirone sees patients in Clearwater, FL, Tampa, FL, and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is general surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cancer, breast surgery, and gastrointestinal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Tirone honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Crohn's ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 38
  • Uninsured Cost: $570 - $1,319
  • Medicare Cost: $203 - $646
Dr. Peter Ramon C. Wassmer, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6006 49th Street No; Suite 200
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Peter Wassmer works as a cardiologist. Before performing his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael, Dr. Wassmer attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school. Dr. Wassmer's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). 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. Dr. Wassmer is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Angiogram, Arrhythmias, Elective Cardioversion, Electrocardiogram, Permanent Pacemaker ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,097
  • Medicare Cost: $543
Dr. Ralph Angelo De Matteis, MD
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
2191 9th Avenue North; Suite 110
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Dematteis' areas of specialization are undersea and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, and vascular surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dematteis include esophageal varices, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and inguinal hernia. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Dematteis is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Dematteis's training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Breast Biopsy, Hemorrhoidectomy, Bowel Resection, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Timothy Braun, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
6500 66th Street North
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. David Braun's areas of specialization are hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: total elbow replacement, total hip replacement, and sports health. Dr. Braun is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Braun trained at Allegheny General Hospital for residency. He 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: , hip arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Total Elbow Replacement, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Elbow Arthroscopy, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee Edward Friedman, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
6449 38th Avenue N; Suite C4
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Lee Friedman sees patients in Sunrise, FL, Tampa, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is diagnostic radiology. He honors Amerigroup, Coventry, and Molina Healthcare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Friedman attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Friedman speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Kyphoplasty, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Lung Biopsy, Abdominal Paracentesis, Sacroiliac ... (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.