We found 6 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Mail Handlers Benefit Plan near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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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 in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Sharf attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and orthopedic surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in 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 North
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Herrick's areas of expertise include the following: foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. 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. After attending West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Ochsner Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with 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. 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 and Brandon, FL. His medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Patients rated Dr. Lapolla highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: 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 several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Lapolla's medical residency was performed 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,243
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,102
Dr. Thomas Joseph Stengel, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
603 7th Street S; #540
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Stengel specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Stengel include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal stenosis. Dr. Stengel is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Stengel attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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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 is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. His clinical interests include back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Jobe is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jobe is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Jobe completed a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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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 works as a general gynecologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Shamas's clinical interests: high risk pregnancy, infertility, and cryosurgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Emory University School of Medicine and residency at D.C. General Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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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.
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