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We found 7 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Mail Handlers Benefit Plan near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Howard Wayne Sharf, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6500 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Howard Sharf practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Sharf's clinical interests encompass spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and musculoskeletal surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharf accepts. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Sharf 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. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Herrick's areas of expertise include the following: foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. His professional affiliations include 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. Herrick is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Ochsner Medical Center's residency program.

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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. James Peter La Polla, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
600 8th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. James Lapolla sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL, Tampa, FL, and Brandon, FL. His medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. On average, patients gave Dr. Lapolla a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include breast biopsy, laser surgery, and robotic surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California. Dr. Lapolla is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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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
Dr. David Timothy Braun, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1001 37 Street North; Suite C
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Braun's areas of specialization are hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: total elbow replacement, total hip replacement, and sports health. Dr. Braun is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Braun trained at Allegheny General Hospital for residency. 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: , hip arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Total Elbow Replacement, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Elbow Arthroscopy, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Joseph Stengel, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
603 7th Street S; #540
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Stengel's medical specialty is neurosurgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Stengel a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal stenosis. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Stengel attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Laminotomy, Laminoplasty, Spinal Procedures, Laminectomy, Skull Base Disorders, Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirk Wayne Jobe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
603 Seventh Street South; Suite 540
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kirk Jobe practices neurosurgery in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Jobe has a special interest in back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jobe accepts. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Jobe attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery, neuroendoscopy

All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Disc Replacement, Spine Reconstruction, Radiculopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gilbert Anthony Shamas, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
5501 4th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gilbert Shamas' medical specialty is general gynecology. Dr. Shamas's areas of expertise include cryotherapy, high risk pregnancy, and infertility. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. After attending Emory University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at D.C. General Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shamas accepts.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cesarean Section, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser ... (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.