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Dr. Shari Lynn Meyerson, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 650
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Shari Meyerson is a specialist in thoracic surgery. Dr. Meyerson has a special interest in lung cancer, esophageal surgery, and mediastinal tumor. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Duke University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Meyerson has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer, Esophageal Surgery, Mediastinal Tumor

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 36
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,352 - $7,453
  • Medicare Cost: $260 - $1,680
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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
840 S Wood Street; Suite 416
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ami Shah is a pediatric surgery and general surgery specialist. Her areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, crohn's disease, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah honors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Burns, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank A Vicari, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Frank Vicari's specialty is pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Vicari include eyelid surgery, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Vicari is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Vicari is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Facial Paralysis, Cosmetic Surgery, Burn ... (Read more)

Dr. Patrick McGuane McCarthy, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
675 North Saint Clair Street; Galter 19-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Patrick McCarthy is a cardiac surgeon in Chicago, IL and Lake Forest, IL. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. McCarthy attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. McCarthy's clinical interests include maze procedure, minimally invasive surgery, and aortic aneurysm. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. McCarthy has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. McCarthy has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Valve Repair, Heart Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ankit Bharat, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 650
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ankit Bharat practices thoracic surgery in Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and chest wall reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Bharat attended medical school at Christian Medical College. Dr. Bharat completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Lung Transplant, Thoracic Cancer, Chest Wall Reconstruction, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexander P Nagle, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Alex Nagle is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Nagle attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nagle is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $9,724
  • Medicare Cost: $2,024
Dr. Eric S Hungness, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Eric Hungness is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, achalasia, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Hungness is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Dr. Hungness performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery, Nissen fundoplication

All Interests: Achalasia, Hiatal Hernia, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss, Nissen Fundoplication, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Henry Darchon Huang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1801 West Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center -, Suite 3 C
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Henry Huang is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He has a special interest in arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), ablation, and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Dr. Huang honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Huang is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy, Ablation, Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Insertion, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wayne Gregory Paprosky, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1611 W Harrison Street; Suite 400
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Wayne Paprosky's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests encompass knee problems, minimally invasive surgery, and hip problems. Patients gave Dr. Paprosky an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA HMO. After completing medical school at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Paprosky (or staff) speaks French and Russian. Dr. Paprosky is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Hip Problems, Revision Arthroplasty, Knee Problems, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Joint Reconstruction

Dr. Joseph Ross Leventhal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Leventhal's specialty is transplant surgery. He is especially interested in pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. Dr. Leventhal accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Dr. Leventhal has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Abdominal Organ Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Pancreatic Surgery, Kidney Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bradley Paul Knight, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 19-100; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Knight is a cardiac electrophysiologist. Dr. Knight's areas of expertise include implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), catheter ablation, and pacemaker. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Problems, Catheter Ablation, Arrhythmias, Supraventricular Tachycardia, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,835
  • Medicare Cost: $587
Dr. Alpesh Ashwin Patel, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
259 E Erie Street 13th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Alpesh Patel specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Elmhurst, IL and Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and spinal trauma. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Dr. Christina Lewicky-Gaupp Lewicky-Gaupp, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 950; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Christina Lewicky-Gaupp is an urogynecology specialist in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in urge incontinence (overactive bladder), pelvic reconstructive surgery, and pelvic organ prolapse. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp accepts. Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp's education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urologic Disorders, Injuries, Urge Incontinence, Labor and Delivery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dennis B Liu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
820 South Wood Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Liu's specialty is pediatric urology. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Liu's clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Liu's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Urologic Disorders, Enuresis, Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, Kidney Problems, Vesicoureteral Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward "ted" M. Schaeffer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 20-150; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edward Schaeffer practices urology (urinary tract disease). In his practice, Dr. Schaeffer focuses on benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), cancer screening, and prostate cancer. Dr. Schaeffer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Schaeffer attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Schaeffer is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Cancer Screening, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Prostate Cancer

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 48
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,001 - $5,449
  • Medicare Cost: $411 - $1,806
Dr. Brian J Chilelli, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
626 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1350
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Brian Chilelli is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and partial knee arthroplasty. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chilelli accepts. Before completing his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Chilelli attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Partial Knee Arthroplasty, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (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.