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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 specializes in thoracic surgery and practices in Chicago, IL. Dr. Meyerson's clinical interests include lung cancer, esophageal surgery, and mediastinal tumor. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Meyerson takes. She attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency 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. She is open to new patients.

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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, who practices in Chicago, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include thyroid problems, anoscopy, and crohn's disease. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Shah 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. She is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Frank Vicari specializes in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Vicari is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Vicari is professionally 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 physician who specializes in cardiac surgery. These areas are among Dr. McCarthy's clinical interests: maze procedure, minimally invasive surgery, and aortic aneurysm. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. McCarthy trained at Mayo Clinic. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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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's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and chest wall reconstruction. Dr. Bharat is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He graduated from Christian Medical College. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bharat is accepting 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, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nagle include achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nagle attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nagle has an open panel.

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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' areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Hungness's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Hungness include obesity, achalasia, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Hungness is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Hungness completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

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 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, Suite 3c
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Henry Huang is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. Dr. Huang's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), ablation, and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Huang completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. His clinical interests encompass knee problems, minimally invasive surgery, and hip problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Paprosky is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paprosky honors. Dr. Paprosky (or staff) speaks French and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in transplant surgery. Dr. Leventhal's areas of clinical interest consist of pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Leventhal completed a residency program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Dr. Leventhal has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

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

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's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Elmhurst, IL and Chicago, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and spinal trauma. Dr. Patel takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Patel 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, minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Minimally Invasive ... (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 electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Knight attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Knight include implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), catheter ablation, and pacemaker. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Knight's practice is open to 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. Dennis B Liu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
820 South Wood Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Liu works as a pediatric urologist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo, Dr. Liu attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Liu's clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Liu is conversant in Mandarin. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

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

Dr. Brian J Chilelli, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
626 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1350
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Brian Chilelli's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Chilelli trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and partial knee arthroplasty. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chilelli is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is accepting 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)

Dr. Bruce Walter Lindgren, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
2300 Children's Plaza; Box 24
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Lindgren practices pediatric urology in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Winfield, IL. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has a special interest in hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Lindgren has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Lindgren is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders, Urologic Surgery, Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, Hernia, ... (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 urogynecologist in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. In her practice, Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp focuses on urge incontinence (overactive bladder), pelvic reconstructive surgery, and pelvic organ prolapse. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp graduated from Rush Medical College and then she performed her residency at 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. Lewicky-Gaupp welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Urge Incontinence, Labor and Delivery, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic ... (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.