We found 45 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Coventry Gold HMO near Safety Harbor, FL.

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. Ragab
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Ragab is a spine surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ragab at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ragab include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ragab is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Featured Message: Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

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

Dr. Bansal
Specializes in Pediatric Sports Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohit Bansal is a pediatric sports medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Bansal (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. His areas of expertise consist of knee problems, sports health, and shoulder problems. Dr. Bansal's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Bansal welcomes new patients.

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Featured Message: Tampa Bay Rowdies Team Doctor

Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

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. Christopher James Koebbe, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Koebbe is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He works in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, brain aneurysm, and skull base surgery. Dr. Koebbe has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Koebbe is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , neuroendoscopy

All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Spine Reconstruction, Radiculopathy, Scoliosis, Compression ... (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. Ronald Gary Hayter, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road, Suite E2; E2
Clearwater, 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. Robert John Kowalski Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Kowalski practices spine surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Kowalski is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Kowalski attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Herniated Disc, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Degenerative ... (Read more)

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. Robert Eugene Donnelly, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Donnelly is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Donnelly include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. 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. Dr. Donnelly graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hip arthroscopy, minimally invasive spine surgery, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Bursitis, Spinal Procedures, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Resurfacing, Spine ... (Read more)

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

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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.