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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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and musculoskeletal surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sharf is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Sharf is professionally 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 practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is especially interested in foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Herrick attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick is an in-network provider for 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: , 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's medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lapolla has a special interest in breast biopsy, laser surgery, and robotic surgery. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Lapolla 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.

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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 specialist in neurosurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stengel include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal stenosis. Dr. Stengel is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Stengel 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 is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Jobe is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Jobe attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jobe 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, 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 is a general gynecology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His clinical interests include cryotherapy, high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Shamas is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at D.C. General Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shamas has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.