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We found 16 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's medical specialty is general surgery and vascular surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Levine include breast biopsy, mastectomy (breast removal surgery), and hernia surgery. Dr. Levine's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He 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. Levine graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Levine completed residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center.

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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's medical specialty is general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Rehnke has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Rehnke's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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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 practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Huguet has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Huguet's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

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

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

Dr. Kevin Hirsch works as a trauma surgeon. Dr. Hirsch has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Hirsch include breast biopsy, colorectal surgery procedures, and hemorrhoid banding. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York Downtown Hospital, and Monmouth Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Biopsy, Varicose Veins, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, 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 specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. McRae include breast biopsy, thyroid problems, and gallbladder problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McRae accepts. Dr. McRae attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. For his residency, Dr. McRae trained at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Gallbladder Problems, Mastectomy, Thyroid ... (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 medical specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Collins (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. These areas are among his clinical interests: bowel surgery, breast biopsy, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Collins's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. He 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 is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for 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: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery, Sclerotherapy, Lumpectomy, Hemorrhoid Banding, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eugene Murphy is a general surgery and vascular surgery specialist. He graduated from Queen's University Belfast and then he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: hemorrhoid banding, hernia surgery, and laser surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Murphy a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Murphy takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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 areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Couch average 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Flinders University School of Medicine and residency 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; she sees patients in Pinellas Park, FL and Largo, FL. She is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Kritsky accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Grandview 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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Gulfport, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Her areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and hernia. Dr. Cherukuri's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Before completing her residency at Long Island College Hospital, Dr. Cherukuri attended medical school at Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. She 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: , 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 works as a gastroenterologist. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Sperber average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sperber 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. Dr. Sperber is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Narayan's areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and depression. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at Saint Peter's University Hospital. Dr. Narayan (or staff) speaks Bengali and Hindi. Dr. Narayan's professional 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. These areas are among Dr. Nirmalan's clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. 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. Nirmalan 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 practices general internal medicine in Seminole, FL. Dr. Natoli's areas of expertise include the following: depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Natoli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Salter works as a general OB/GYN. Her areas of expertise include the following: colposcopy, salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), and hysterosalpingography. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Women's Care Florida, and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). Before completing her residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Dr. Salter attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She honors 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: , incisional hernia, umbilical hernia

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

Dr. Pacita Tiongson Abinales, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
7500 4th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pacita Abinales' areas of specialization are general practice and family medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Abinales include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Abinales honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Polyclinic Medical Center, Dr. Abinales attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Hemorrhoid Banding, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Urinalysis, ... (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.