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We found 78 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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

Dr. Kevin Huguet is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. Dr. Huguet is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Huguet trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 59
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,700 - $2,558
  • Medicare Cost: $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 is a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Defrain honors. Dr. Defrain attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) for residency.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric surgery. She is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital. She attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Chandler 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

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 works as a heart surgeon in Largo, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Tampa, FL. He obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. 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. Dr. Winton is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Couch (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Thai. These areas are among his clinical interests: bowel resection, tube thoracostomy (chest tube insertion), and tracheostomy. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. He studied medicine at Flinders University School of Medicine. He trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for his residency. Patients rated Dr. Couch highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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: , 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 is a pediatric neurosurgery specialist. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center. In Dr. Jallo's practice, he is particularly interested in neurosurgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Jallo include: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. He speaks Aramaic. Dr. Jallo is affiliated with MedStar Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sharf include spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Sharf honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Sharf is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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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 hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Rodriguez's clinical interests: back pain, knee problems, and microsurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Rodriguez trained at Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Rodriguez is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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. George Hubert Canizares, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. George Canizares' medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include joint injections, wrist problems, and sports health. Dr. Canizares 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 obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Canizares speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,110
  • Medicare Cost: $186
Dr. Emanuel Liwanag Javate, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive No; Suite 200-a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Emanuel Javate's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, Dr. Javate speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Javate include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and endometrial biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Before performing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Javate attended Indiana University School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. 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: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

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

Dr. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Herrick include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Herrick attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,153
  • Medicare Cost: $487
Dr. Clinton Bertrand Davis II, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Davis works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Davis performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 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, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. Romeo Docena Acosta Jr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive N; Suite 200a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Romeo Acosta is a general gynecologist in Saint Petersburg, FL, Tampa, FL, and Lauderdale, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Acosta include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and endometrial biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Acosta honors. Dr. Acosta attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at Flushing Hospital Medical Center for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Acosta's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Cystocele, Blood Tests, Hysteroscopy, Essure, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul Joseph Pagano, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Paul Pagano is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Pagano's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pagano takes. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), minimally invasive spine surgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Spinal Procedures, Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohan Sathi Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4805 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mohan Reddy specializes in adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Reddy attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. His residency was performed at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati and a hospital affiliated with Wright State University. In addition to English, Dr. Reddy (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Peripheral Angiogram, Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 32
  • Uninsured Cost: $684 - $810
  • Medicare Cost: $403 - $518
Dr. James Peter La Polla, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
600 8th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. James Lapolla's medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Lapolla's clinical interests: breast biopsy, laser surgery, and robotic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lapolla completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California.

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

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Ectopic Pregnancy, Abdominal Problems, Laser Surgery, Hysterectomy, Gynecologic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,243
  • Medicare Cost: $1,102

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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.