We found 32 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Tarpon Springs, FL.

Dr. Louis Ian Astra, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1501 S. Pinellas Avenue; Suite T
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Louis Astra is a specialist in vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. He works in New Port Richey, FL and Tarpon Springs, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung surgery, varicose veins, and aneurysm. 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. Astra studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Astra's residency was performed at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, endovascular surgery

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Stent Placement, Aneurysm, Lung Problems, Angiogram, Stent, Cancer, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Randall Clifford Latorre, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
8146 Cerebellum Way; #101
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Randall Latorre's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Tampa, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Trinity, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Latorre's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, and sleep apnea. His professional affiliations include the University Community Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and Community Hospital. Dr. Latorre takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery

All Interests: Chin Implants, Juvederm, Chin Surgery, Facelift, Forehead Lift, Sinus Surgery, Ear Problems, Brow ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 57
  • Charge (avg.): $549 - $11,181
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $336 - $3,305
Dr. Jennifer C Swaringen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 110
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Swaringen is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. Her areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and joint injections. She is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Swaringen is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for her residency. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Swaringen honors 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: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard George Pigeon, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 110
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Richard Pigeon's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Pigeon's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. His clinical interests include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Pigeon takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Pigeon (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Gary Hayter, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
35111 Us 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Hayter's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Hayter attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hayter is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hip arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Hip Resurfacing, Tendonitis, Hip Arthroscopy, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 110
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon sees patients in Clearwater, FL, Trinity, FL, and Safety Harbor, FL. His medical specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Whiddon include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Whiddon honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Dr. Whiddon attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Whiddon is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Todd Roth, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
2102 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 201
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Robert Roth is a specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He works in Safety Harbor, FL and New Port Richey, FL. After attending Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Washington Hospital Center and The Washington Hospital, Pennsylvania. Dr. Roth's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, colectomy (colon resection), and hemorrhoid banding. Patient ratings for Dr. Roth average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Roth's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Breast Biopsy, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 33
  • Charge (avg.): $941 - $1,433
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $408 - $625
Dr. Dwayne Felix Ledesma, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other
8141 Bellarus Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Dwayne Ledesma specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery and practices in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ledesma honors. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Skin Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laser Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Drew Eugene Warnick, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
3850 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Drew Warnick is a pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Warnick include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Warnick attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Warnick has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Cade Messer, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
559 Austin Drive
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Messer's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Messer has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: trigger point injections, cervical (neck) spine problems, and lumbar fusion. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Messer's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Spinal Procedures, Fractures, Back Problems, Lower ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 26
  • Charge (avg.): $6,594
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $817
Dr. Chen-Sien Hu, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3633 Little Road; Suite 104
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu is a general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery specialist. He graduated from Taipei Medical University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at Union Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Patients rated Dr. Hu highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Melanoma, Thyroid Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Alene Jean Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
9332 State Road; 54 Ste 400
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Alene Wright is a Trinity, FL physician who specializes in general surgery. In her practice, Dr. Wright focuses on breast surgery. She attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University for residency. Dr. Wright takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic hernia repair, laparoscopic gallbladder removal

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Abdominal Problems, Mastectomy, Hemorrhoids, Amputation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Lynne Cook, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2165 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Cook, who practices in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Her education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Anthony Hanff, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2165 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Hanff specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Hanff 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. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Yaser Sedrak Bassel, MD
Specializes in Urology
35095 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Yaser Bassel's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), shock wave lithotripsy, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Bassel is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Bladder Cancer, Shock Wave Lithotripsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arleigh Ilao Ancheta, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
8145 Cerebellum Way; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Arleigh Ancheta specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. Patients gave Dr. Ancheta an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Michigan Hospital and Medical Center and Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, Dr. Ancheta speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic hysterectomy, loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Hysteroscopy, Cesarean Section, ... (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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