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We found 6 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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests encompass spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Sharf 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 attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Sharf speaks 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. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Pinellas Park, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. Dr. Herrick 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. His education and training includes medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. His professional affiliations include 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

  • 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 specializes in gynecologic oncology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Brandon, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Lapolla's clinical interests: breast biopsy, laser surgery, and robotic surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lapolla graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His residency was performed 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. 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. Thomas Joseph Stengel, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
603 7th Street S; #540
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Stengel is a neurosurgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Stengel is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Stengel include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal stenosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Stengel is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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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's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center. In Dr. Jobe's practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Jobe's hospital/clinic 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, 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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in general gynecology. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Shamas completed his residency training at D.C. General Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: cryotherapy, high risk pregnancy, and infertility. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Shamas 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.