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Dr. Kevin Lee Huguet, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
960 7th Avenue North; Bay Surgical Specialists - 7th Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Huguet is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Huguet's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, hemorrhoid banding, and whipple procedure. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. 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. Dr. Huguet studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic weight loss surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Sleeve ... (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. Foster Curtis Bryan II, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Foster Bryan is a physician who specializes in general surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bryan include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Bryan average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bryan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Bryan attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua David Rovin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 402
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Joshua Rovin's specialties are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Rovin has indicated that his clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and pacemaker. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Abdominal Surgery, Lung Resection, Pacemaker, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Patrick Defrain, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Defrain include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Defrain accepts. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (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 works as a pediatric surgeon. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital. Dr. Chandler takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ignacio Duarte works as a general surgeon and cardiothoracic surgeon in Brandon, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. Dr. Duarte's professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Duarte accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bradley Bufkin is a general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Brandon, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Bufkin attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bufkin takes. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Barry Winton's specialties are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. Dr. Winton is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winton honors. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency 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), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Mitchell Clarke, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 330
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Clarke works as a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. Dr. Clarke's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clarke include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clarke accepts. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Shands HealthCare for residency. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Clarke (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Clinical Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Colectomy, Colostomy, Partial Mastectomy, Lumpectomy, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Rectal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $1,800 - $2,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $559 - $697
Dr. Blaine Richard Heric, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 402
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Blaine Heric works as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. These areas are among Dr. Heric's clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, bypass surgery, and thyroid surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. He trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic for residency. He accepts 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

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Lung Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. John C Ofenloch, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 402
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Ofenloch is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Ofenloch's clinical interests include bypass surgery, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, ... (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 specialist in pediatric neurosurgery. He speaks Aramaic. Clinical interests for Dr. Jallo include neurosurgery. Dr. Jallo is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Jallo is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Jallo completed a residency program at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received distinctions including Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Jallo welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

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

Dr. Jorge Antonio Rodriquez Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
603 7th Street South; Suite 450
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, heart problems, and knee ligament injury. Dr. Rodriguez is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Atlanta Medical Center, Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Clinton Davis' areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. Dr. Davis's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Davis attended Duke University School of Medicine.

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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. Drew Eugene Warnick, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
625 6th Avenue S, Suite 450; Department 6500003010
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Drew Warnick practices pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Sarasota, FL, Tampa, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Warnick include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Warnick attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Carillon Surgery Center, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Warnick's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (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, Lauderdale, FL, and Seminole, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cancer, and fibroids. Dr. Acosta is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Physicians Surgery Center. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Acosta performed his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 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: , robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Birth Control Implant, Hysteroscopy, Contraception, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (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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