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

Dr. Howard Sharf sees patients in Pinellas Park, FL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and orthopedic 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 is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Sharf is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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

Dr. James Lapolla is a gynecologic oncology specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lapolla at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include breast biopsy, laser surgery, and robotic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Brandon Regional 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,243
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,102
Dr. Nagella Ravindra, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
4801 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nagella Ravindra is a specialist in general surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, esophageal surgery, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Ravindra is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati and Kurnool Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at New Britain General Hospital and Aurora Sinai Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ravindra (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colon surgery

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Mastectomy, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Esophageal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Thomas Stengel practices neurosurgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is especially interested in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal stenosis. Dr. Stengel is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital. He studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. For his residency, Dr. Stengel trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Kirk Jobe's specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Jobe's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jobe include back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Jobe obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery, neuroendoscopy

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

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

Dr. Gilbert Shamas is a general gynecologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Shamas average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shamas include high risk pregnancy, infertility, and cryosurgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shamas takes. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Shamas completed his residency training at D.C. General Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colon 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.
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