We found 6 providers matching appendectomy and who accept BlueCare Essential Health S1451 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. James Peter La Polla, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
600 8th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. James Lapolla is a gynecologic oncology specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lapolla at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include breast biopsy, laser surgery, and robotic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Jennifer Lynn Salter, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
3055 5th Avenue; Suite A
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Salter specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Seminole, FL. Her areas of expertise include colposcopy, salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), and hysterosalpingography. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Women's Care Florida. Dr. Salter attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for residency. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Abdominal Aortogram, Hysterosalpingography, Umbilical Hernia, Cervix Problems, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Suzanne Thi Icely, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6450 38th Avenue N, Suite 200; Box 6592570426
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Suzanne Icely sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Icely include robotic surgery. Dr. Icely's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and All Children's Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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All Interests: Appendectomy, Ectopic Pregnancy, Abdominal Problems, Pregnancy, Bladder Suspension Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eugene Anthony Murphy, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Eugene Murphy specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Murphy's areas of expertise include hemorrhoid banding, hernia surgery, and laser surgery. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Medical Group. After attending Queen's University Belfast for medical school, he completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He 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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Dr. Albert Hui-Shiung Li, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
4801 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Albert Li works as a general surgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Dr. Li studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Li takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Couch include bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and ileostomy. Dr. Couch's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Flinders University School of Medicine. Dr. Couch trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for his residency. Dr. Couch (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Thai. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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

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What is Appendectomy?

Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch attached to the large bowel. While this procedure can treat small appendix tumors, it is most commonly performed for appendicitis, a condition characterized by an infected appendix. Appendicitis can cause an appendix to rupture, or burst open. A ruptured appendix can only be treated with an appendectomy. For an unruptured appendix, if antibiotics alone are sufficient to cure the infection, an appendectomy is considered a preventive measure.

There are two approaches to performing an appendectomy: open or laparoscopic. In the open approach, a large incision is made on the lower right portion of the belly, through which the appendix is taken out. The laparoscopic method requires one to three tiny cuts on the abdomen, where surgical instruments are passed through, allowing the surgeon to remove the appendix without making a large incision. This approach is less invasive than the open procedure, but it cannot be performed if the infection is at an advanced stage or if the appendix has ruptured.

Appendectomies typically require a hospital stay of about one to two days. In some cases, the laparoscopic approach may be done as a day procedure. Removal of an unruptured appendix requires about a week off from work or school, and recovery from a ruptured appendix takes roughly twice as long. Strenuous activities like lifting or working out should be avoided for about two weeks following an open appendectomy and about five days following a laparoscopic appendectomy.

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