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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 is a medical specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rehnke include tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), hemorrhoid banding, and carotid artery disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Rehnke is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rehnke graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rehnke completed a residency program at New York Methodist Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colon surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

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 physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Huguet is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Huguet completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Huguet's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 59
  • Charge (avg.): $1,700 - $2,558
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $513 - $1,422
Dr. Michael Patrick Defrain, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Defrain is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive valve surgery, VATS lobectomy

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Maze Procedure, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicole M Chandler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
601 5th Street S, Suite 306; Department 6580070404
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nicole Chandler is a pediatric surgery specialist. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital. Dr. Chandler's education and training includes medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. She is in-network 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: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Pectus Excavatum, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Barry Lynn Winton, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Barry Winton is a specialist in cardiac surgery. He works in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winton takes. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Winton trained at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Winton's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Stenosis, Hypertension, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, ... (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. 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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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

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

Dr. George Issa Jallo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
601 5th Street S; Department 7855, Suite 511
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. George Jallo's area of specialization is pediatric neurosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jallo include neurosurgery. Dr. Jallo's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Jallo obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Jallo speaks Aramaic.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy Surgery, Brain Cancer, Brachial Plexus Injury, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Antonio Rodriquez Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, knee problems, and microsurgery. Dr. Rodriguez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and a graduate of Atlanta Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy

All Interests: Basal Joint Arthroplasty, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Tendon ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Michael Mixa, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5959 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Mixa is an orthopedic surgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Mixa's clinical interests: steroid injections, knee problems, and carpal tunnel surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Mixa's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His average patient rating is 3.0 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.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Hallux Valgus, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Auto Injuries, Elbow ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $651 - $2,236
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $192 - $523
Dr. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard North
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick is a Pinellas Park, FL physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. He 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. Herrick honors. Before performing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Herrick attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Neck Pain, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $2,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $487
Dr. Romeo Docena Acosta Jr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive N; Suite 200a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Romeo Acosta sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Lauderdale, FL. His medical specialty is general gynecology. Dr. Acosta's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and cryosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Flushing Hospital Medical Center for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Acosta's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Cystocele, Cryosurgery, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Blood ... (Read more)

Dr. Emanuel Liwanag Javate, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive No; Suite 200-a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Emanuel Javate's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Javate is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Javate's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and cryosurgery. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Dr. Javate takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Lewis Swiggett Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Swiggett practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, knee problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and BayCare Health System. Dr. Swiggett accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School. His residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Swiggett is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Wrist Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Ankle Fracture, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Penello, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2438 Dr Ml King Jr. Street N; Suite A (9th Street North Is Also Mlk Street North)
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Penello works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist. Dr. Penello is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Penello include hand problems and orthopedic surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. He is conversant in Italian. Dr. Penello is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy

All Interests: Elbow Arthroscopy, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Tendon Transfer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Drew Eugene Warnick, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
625 6th Avenue S, Suite 450; Department 7590
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Drew Warnick sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL, Sarasota, FL, and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Warnick include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Warnick's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Stanek Albert, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Albert specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Albert takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school, he completed his residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL ... (Read more)

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using tiny tools and several small incisions instead of one large one. First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has now become commonly used for all kinds of procedures because it offers so many benefits over traditional surgery.

Since minimally invasive surgery minimizes the amount of injury that a patient experiences by avoiding a large incision, it typically results in fewer issues after surgery. There tend to be fewer stitches needed, less scarring, less pain, a faster recovery time, and a lower risk of infection. Some minimally invasive procedures even require less anesthesia than usual.

There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
  • Laparoscopic surgery, where several small incisions are made. A tiny camera is inserted into one, and the surgeon looks at the procedure on a video screen while moving tools through the other openings.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which is performed using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, hollow tube that contains a camera. It can be inserted either through a small incision or an existing opening such as the nose. Tiny tools can be passed through the tube to the area that needs to be worked on.
  • Robotic surgery, which uses tools that are even smaller and more precise than laparoscopic tools. The tools and camera are inserted through a small opening, and then the surgeon controls the robot from a computer in another room.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the right choice in every situation. However in many cases, it makes surgery less difficult to handle.
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