We found 84 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Pinellas Park, FL.

Dr. Michael Patrick Defrain, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain is a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Defrain's training includes residency programs at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). 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 professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive valve surgery, VATS lobectomy

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Maze Procedure, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicole M Chandler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
601 5th Street S, Suite 306; Department 6580070404
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nicole Chandler is a specialist in pediatric surgery. She 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. Dr. Chandler graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Pectus Excavatum, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Barry Lynn Winton, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Barry Winton is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery. Dr. Winton attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Winton is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Stenosis, Hypertension, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kevin Huguet specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Huguet 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Huguet is 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: Whipple Procedure, Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Esophagus Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 59
  • Charge (avg.): $1,700 - $2,558
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $513 - $1,422
Dr. Richard Shawn Gordon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
8839 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 115
Largo, 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. Tiffany Michelle Jessee, DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
900 Carillon Parkway; Ste 401; Street
Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Tiffany Jessee's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Jessee is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Jessee completed her residency training at Largo Medical Center.

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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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 32
  • Charge (avg.): $4,928 - $5,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $985 - $1,643
Dr. Harold Matthew Couch, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4801 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. H. Couch is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He obtained his medical school training at Flinders University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Couch include bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and ileostomy. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Couch takes. Dr. Couch (or staff) speaks Spanish and Thai. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, 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. George Issa Jallo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
601 Fifth Street; Suite 511
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. George Jallo is a pediatric neurosurgeon. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. In Dr. Jallo's practice, he is particularly interested in neurosurgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Jallo a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Jallo speaks Aramaic. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy Surgery, Brain Cancer, Brachial Plexus Injury, Minimally ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Howard Sharf specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Pinellas Park, FL. He is especially interested in spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and orthopedic surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sharf is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Sharf is professionally 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 works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and cryosurgery. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Javate accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Javate is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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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. Jorge Antonio Rodriquez Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Rodriguez include back pain, knee problems, and microsurgery. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rodriguez completed a residency program at Atlanta Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy

All Interests: Basal Joint Arthroplasty, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Tendon ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Romeo Acosta is a medical specialist in general gynecology. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and cryosurgery. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Acosta 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 New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Acosta 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, Cryosurgery, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Blood ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Richard Herrick is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Pinellas Park, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Herrick include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. Dr. Herrick is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Herrick completed a residency program at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $2,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $487
Dr. Clinton Bertrand Davis II, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Davis specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Davis's clinical interests: back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. 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 attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Spinal Procedures, Shoulder Problems, Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Michael Mixa, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5959 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Mixa is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Mixa is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include steroid injections, knee problems, and carpal tunnel surgery. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Mixa has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Hallux Valgus, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Auto Injuries, Elbow ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $651 - $2,236
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $192 - $523
Dr. Paul Joseph Pagano, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12416 66th Street N; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Paul Pagano is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Pagano obtained his medical school training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Pagano is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), minimally invasive spine surgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Spinal Procedures, Back ... (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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