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We found 9 providers with an interest in hernia and who accept MyBlue Silver 1603 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 specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His clinical interests include breast biopsy, mastectomy (breast removal surgery), and hernia surgery. Dr. Levine is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Levine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His training includes 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. Kevin Lee Huguet, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
960 7th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Huguet is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Huguet's medical residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. Dr. Huguet's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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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 sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery, vascular surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Collins (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Collins include bowel surgery, breast biopsy, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Collins's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Collins honors 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: , 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 surgery and vascular surgery specialist. Dr. McRae's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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 takes. He studied medicine at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for residency. Dr. McRae is conversant in Spanish. He 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. Eugene Anthony Murphy, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Eugene Murphy's specialties are general surgery and vascular surgery. He practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Murphy average 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: hemorrhoid banding, hernia surgery, and laser surgery. Dr. Murphy takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Queen's University Belfast. For his professional training, Dr. Murphy completed residency programs at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Murphy's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients rated Dr. Couch highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Couch include bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and tracheostomy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Flinders University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Couch (or staff) speaks Spanish and Thai. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

Dr. Karen Kritsky, DO
Specializes in General Surgery
7800 66th Street N; Suite 204
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Karen Kritsky is a physician who specializes in general surgery. She attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at Grandview Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kritsky honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is 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 General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri is a general internist and geriatrician. Dr. Cherukuri's areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and hernia. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College and a graduate of Long Island College Hospital's residency program. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, Physical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Harry Sperber's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Sperber is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

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