We found 69 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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 works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Defrain completed residency programs at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Defrain accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Defrain is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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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. Kevin Lee Huguet, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
960 7th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Huguet's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Huguet is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Huguet average 5.0 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.

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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. 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 surgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Chandler honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital.

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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. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Winton honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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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 is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Couch include bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and ileostomy. Patients gave Dr. Couch an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. He attended medical school at Flinders University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Couch trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Couch (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Thai. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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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 specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Jallo's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include neurosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jallo honors. Dr. Jallo is open to new patients. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. In addition to English, he 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. Howard Wayne Sharf, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6500 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Howard Sharf, who practices in Pinellas Park, FL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sharf's clinical interests encompass spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. He studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Neck Pain, Spinal Procedures, Fractures, Back Problems, Strains, Musculoskeletal ... (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 is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Rodriguez include back pain, knee problems, and microsurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at Atlanta Medical Center. 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.

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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. 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 education and training includes medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Herrick include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Herrick's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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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. Clinton Bertrand Davis II, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Davis' medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Davis's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Davis is in-network for 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: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Spinal Procedures, Shoulder Problems, Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafat S Nashed, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rafat Nashed specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Dr. Nashed performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Nashed include total joint replacement and orthopedic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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

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

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

Dr. Thomas Mixa practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Mixa is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Mixa include steroid injections, knee problems, and carpal tunnel surgery. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Mixa attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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.

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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. 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. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Flushing Hospital Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Acosta's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and cryosurgery. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Acosta 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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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. Peter Ramon C. Wassmer, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6006 49th Street No; Suite 200, The Heart & Vascular Institute of Fl So
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Peter Wassmer is an adult cardiology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Dr. Wassmer is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then he performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He 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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Clinical Interests: Angiogram, Arrhythmias, Elective Cardioversion, Electrocardiogram, Permanent Pacemaker ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,097
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $543
Dr. Emanuel Liwanag Javate, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive No; Suite 200-a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Emanuel Javate is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Javate include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and cryosurgery. Dr. Javate's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. 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. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans' residency program. Dr. Javate is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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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 is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Swiggett's clinical interests: back pain, knee problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. After completing medical school at Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Swiggett performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center. 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.

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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)

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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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