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We found 17 providers with an interest in hernia and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1401 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Steven Martin Levine, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
4957 38th Avenue N.; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Steven Levine practices general surgery and vascular surgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, mastectomy (breast removal surgery), and hernia surgery. 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. Dr. Levine's education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Levine is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia, hernia

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Peripheral Artery Disease, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Mastectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ernest Curt Rehnke, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1615 Pasadena Avenue South; Suite 460
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Rehnke is a physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rehnke include bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Rehnke's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Rehnke is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York Methodist Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia, abdominal hernia

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Paracentesis, Breast Biopsy, Hemorrhoidectomy, Bowel Resection, Ileostomy, ... (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. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Huguet's areas of expertise include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Huguet is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

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

Dr. Paul Steven Collins, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Critical Care
960 7th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Paul Collins is a physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Collins has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include bowel surgery, breast biopsy, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Collins graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Collins (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery, Carotid Artery Stenting, Sclerotherapy, Lumpectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Freddie Lee McRae, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other
603 7th Street South; Suite 520
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Freddie McRae is a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. McRae include breast biopsy, thyroid problems, and gallbladder problems. Dr. McRae is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McRae takes. After completing medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia, he performed his residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. Dr. McRae speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Gallbladder Problems, Mastectomy, Thyroid ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Trauma Surgery
625 6th Avenue South; Suite 125
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Hirsch is a specialist in trauma surgery. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL and Bradenton, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, colorectal surgery procedures, and hemorrhoid banding. Before performing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York Downtown Hospital, and Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Hirsch attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Hirsch is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Biopsy, Varicose Veins, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Lumpectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eugene Murphy works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. He attended Queen's University Belfast and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Murphy include hemorrhoid banding, hernia surgery, and laser surgery. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Murphy accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Laser Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Harold Matthew Couch, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4801 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. H. Couch's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Couch's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and pressure ulcers (bedsores). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside 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. Dr. Couch graduated from Flinders University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Couch (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Thai.

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Relevant Interests: , abdominal hernia

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

Dr. Karen Kritsky, DO
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, General Surgery, Wound Care
7800 66th Street N; Suite 204
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Karen Kritsky's areas of specialization are undersea and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, and wound care. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kritsky accepts. She is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Grandview Medical Center's residency program. She is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Hernia, Breast Cancer

Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Cherukuri, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri's areas of specialization are adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Gulfport, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and hernia. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Cherukuri attended Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island College Hospital for residency. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry Bruce Sperber, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
620 10th Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harry Sperber's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Sperber highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. He 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. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Colon Polypectomy, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Aurindom Narayan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3527 1st Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Aurindom Narayan is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. After attending All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Narayan completed his residency training at Saint Peter's University Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and depression. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Narayan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Bengali and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3831 16th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan is an internist. His clinical interests include depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. Nirmalan accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He speaks Tamil. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lauren Marie Natoli, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Lauren Natoli works as a general internist. Dr. Natoli's clinical interests include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. She graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Natoli takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Depression, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Substance Abuse, Abdominal Paracentesis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin John Tiongson Abinales Jr., MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7500 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Abinales works as a general internist in Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Filipino. Dr. Abinales is affiliated with Northside Hospital. He is a graduate of Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Abinales completed a residency program at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. Dr. Abinales accepts 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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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Urinalysis, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jennifer Salter is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among her clinical interests: colposcopy, salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), and hysterosalpingography. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Salter accepts. She attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Women's Care Florida, and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

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Relevant Interests: , incisional hernia, umbilical hernia

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

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What is a Hernia?

A hernia happens when tissue from inside the body pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles, coming through to the front of the body under the skin. Hernias happen most often in the groin area. Some hernias are extremely painful, and some feel numb or do not hurt at all. While most hernias are not an emergency, all hernias require surgery to move the tissue back into the correct place and reinforce the muscle wall.

Hernia surgery can be performed as open surgery, where an incision is made directly over the hernia, or laparoscopically, where several small incisions are made and the surgery is performed using very small tools and cameras in thin flexible tubes. The surgeon simply places the herniated tissue back into place and closes up the muscle. Small hernias may be only sutured or stapled closed, while larger hernias may be reinforced with mesh to prevent future hernias. A hernia surgery is called herniorraphy and a hernia surgery with implanted mesh is called hernioplasty.

Unless a hernia is very large or there are surgical complications, most patients go home from the hospital the same day as their surgery. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your surgical wound by your medical team. In general, it takes a few days to be back on your feet and two to three weeks to fully recover from hernia surgery. After hernia surgery, it is important to drink lots of water and eat high fiber foods to prevent straining during bowel movements, which may cause pain and pressure at the hernia site. It’s also important to refrain from heavy lifting for several weeks in order to protect the abdominal muscles until they fully heal.