We found 16 providers with an interest in hernia and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1401 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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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 sees patients in South Pasadena, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), hemorrhoid banding, and carotid artery disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rehnke takes. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Rehnke trained at New York Methodist Hospital for residency. His professional 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 is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. Dr. Huguet's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He 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: , hiatal hernia

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

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

Dr. Steven Levine's areas of specialization are general surgery and vascular surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Levine include breast biopsy, mastectomy (breast removal surgery), and hernia surgery. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Levine graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Levine trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center for residency. He 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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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia, hernia

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

Dr. Freddie L 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 in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. McRae graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. His medical residency was performed at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: breast biopsy, thyroid problems, and gallbladder problems. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. McRae accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. McRae 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

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 specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Collins studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Collins completed a residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: bowel surgery, breast biopsy, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). On average, patients gave Dr. Collins a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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 (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Dr. Collins's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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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 specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Queen's University Belfast and 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. Patient reviews placed Dr. Murphy at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. 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. 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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and ileostomy. Dr. Couch takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Couch studied medicine at Flinders University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Couch completed a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, Dr. Couch (or staff) speaks Spanish and Thai. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , abdominal hernia

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

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

Dr. Kevin Hirsch's area of specialization is trauma surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include breast biopsy, hemorrhoid banding, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Hirsch accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at New York Downtown Hospital and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Biopsy, Varicose Veins, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Lumpectomy, ... (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 specializes in undersea and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, and wound care and practices in Pinellas Park, FL and Largo, FL. Before performing her residency at Grandview Medical Center, Dr. Kritsky attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

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

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

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri's specialties are adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She is a graduate of Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. Dr. Cherukuri completed her residency training at Long Island College Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Sperber average 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. Sperber takes. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. He 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. Jennifer Lynn Salter, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
3055 5th Avenue; Suite A
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Salter is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Salter's clinical interests include colposcopy, salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), and hysterosalpingography. Her professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Women's Care Florida, and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). She 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. After completing medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Salter performed her residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , incisional hernia, umbilical hernia

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

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

Dr. Lauren Natoli's specialty is general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Natoli is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Northside Hospital and Heart Institute's residency program. She is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

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

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

Dr. Aurindom Narayan specializes in general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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. Dr. Narayan studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He trained at Saint Peter's University Hospital for his residency. Dr. Narayan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Bengali and Hindi. Dr. Narayan's 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. Pacita Tiongson Abinales, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
7500 4th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pacita Abinales is a general practitioner and family practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Abinales is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Polyclinic Medical Center. 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)

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

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Clinical interests for Dr. Nirmalan include depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. Nirmalan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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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.
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