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Dr. Louis Ian Astra, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
8607 Easthaven Court; Suite 107
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Louis Astra's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include stent placement (stenting), lung cancer, and esophageal surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Astra attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for his residency. Dr. Astra is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant North Bay Hospital and Medical Center of Trinity.

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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, Surgical Procedures, Angiogram, Diabetes, Heart ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Randall Latorre is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Tampa, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Trinity, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Latorre include eyelid surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, and acne. Patient ratings for Dr. Latorre average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Latorre takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Latorre graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, and BayCare Health System.

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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. Mona Carol McCullough, MD
Specializes in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecology
1814 Wellness Lane
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Mona McCullough specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and gynecology. These areas are among Dr. McCullough's clinical interests: rectocele (posterior prolapse), vaginal atrophy, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North and Medical Center of Trinity. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCullough takes. She is accepting new patients. Dr. McCullough's education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Cystocele, Cystoscopy, Surgical Procedures, Urologic Disorders, Gynecological Problems, Women's ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Carl Mirabello, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5221 Hanff Lane
New Port Richie, FL
 

Dr. Steven Mirabello's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include microsurgery, trigger point injections, and joint injections. Dr. Mirabello's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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: , minimally invasive surgery, shoulder arthroscopy

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 267
  • Charge (avg.): $2,271 - $4,111
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $186 - $1,130
Dr. Peter David Candelora, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5145 Deer Park Drive
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Peter Candelora, who practices in New Port Richey, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Candelora attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Candelora trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Clinical interests for Dr. Candelora include knee problems, total shoulder replacement, and pain. Patients rated Dr. Candelora highly, giving him an average of 4.5 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. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Candelora is affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Reconstruction, Ankle Fracture, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Elbow ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alene Wright is a general surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Wright include amputation, breast biopsy, and laparoscopic hernia repair. Dr. Wright accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. In addition to English, she speaks German. Her professional affiliations include Oak Hill Hospital and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic hernia repair, laparoscopic gallbladder removal

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

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

Dr. David Whiddon is a physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whiddon include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Whiddon 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. Dr. Whiddon's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Drew Eugene Warnick, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
4443 Rowan Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Drew Warnick is a medical specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. 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. Dr. Warnick's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Warnick's professional affiliations include Carillon Surgery Center, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and All Children's Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Aziz Abdulaziz Muhsin Alkhafaji, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
5411 Grand Boulevard; Suite 109
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Aziz Al'kafaji specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Al'kafaji's areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and thyroid surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant North Bay Hospital and Medical Center of Trinity. He is a graduate of the University of Baghdad, Baghdad College of Medicine and a graduate of Lutheran Medical Center's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colon surgery

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Lumpectomy, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Mastectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jennifer Cook's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Her areas of expertise include knee problems, knee replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System and Medical Center of Trinity. Dr. Cook accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University for residency. Dr. Cook is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Dwayne Felix Ledesma, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
8141 Bellarus Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Dwayne Ledesma's specialties are general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Ledesma obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ledesma include carotid artery stenting, crohn's disease, and thyroid cancer. He 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. He is professionally affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Stephen Hanff is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His clinical interests include knee problems, knee replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Hanff obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at Shands HealthCare. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Arif Amir Alidina, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
11300 State Road 54; Suite 110
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Arif Alidina is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Alidina attended West Virginia University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in thyroid problems, sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Ear Problems, Sleep Apnea, Nose Problems, Head and Neck Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Throat Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $606
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $344
Dr. James Patrick Donovan, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2165 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. James Donovan is a hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: pain, sports health, and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Dr. Donovan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a graduate of McLaren Regional Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Donovan is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Foot Surgery, Bursitis, Wrist Surgery, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Aaron Kyle Mates, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2165 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Aaron Mates is a foot and ankle surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, and sports medicine specialist. After attending the University of South Alabama College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mates include arthroscopic surgery, foot pain, and hammer toe. 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. Dr. Mates's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Health System and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Ankle Fusion, Plantar Fasciitis, Tendon Injury, Hammer Toe, Preventive Care, Pes Planus, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
36413 Us Hway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ioannis Pappou is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Pappou trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. In Dr. Pappou's practice, he is particularly interested in replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), tendon transfer, and tendon repair. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Pappou (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and German. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Tendon Transfer, Fractures, Arthroscopic ... (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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