We found 9 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Aetna Open Choice PPO near Columbia, MO.

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Dr. Patrick A Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
800 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO
 

Dr. Patrick Smith is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Columbia, MO. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Smith's practice, he is particularly interested in arthroscopic surgery, pain, and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with BJC HealthCare. Dr. Smith is in-network for Land of Lincoln, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 74
  • Charge (avg.): $1,689 - $2,937
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $169 - $1,022
Dr. David E Hockman, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
1 S Keene Street
Columbia, MO
 

Dr. David Hockman specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hockman include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with BJC HealthCare. Dr. Hockman graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Hockman is in-network for Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Hip Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Total Joint Replacement, Replacement ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas R Highland, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1 S Keene Street
Columbia, MO
 

Dr. Thomas Highland works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Columbia, MO. Dr. Highland's areas of expertise include disabilities and spine problems. He is professionally affiliated with BJC HealthCare. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for his residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Highland is in-network for Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Cervical Spine Problems, Disabilities, Spine Problems, Thoracic Spine Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 39
  • Charge (avg.): $4,350
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $725
Dr. Mark Alan Adams, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1 S Keene Street
Columbia, MO
 

Dr. Mark Adams specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Adams a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Adams include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is affiliated with BJC HealthCare. Dr. Adams has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,975
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $513
Dr. Peter K Buchert, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
1 S Keene Street
Columbia, MO
 

Dr. Peter Buchert is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Buchert's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and arthritis. He is affiliated with BJC HealthCare. He honors Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Buchert's office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Buchert completed a residency program at the University of Missouri Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Hip Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Arthritis, Total Joint ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,140
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $534
Dr. James Bruce Pitt, DO
Specializes in General Surgery
3220 Bluff Creek Drive; Suite 100
Columbia, MO
 

Dr. James Pitt's specialty is general surgery. Dr. Pitt accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Columbia Surgical Associates and BJC HealthCare.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 78
  • Charge (avg.): $516 - $1,488
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $450 - $1,441
Dr. Steven Martin Dresner, MD
Specializes in Urology
105 North Keene Street; Suite 201
Columbia, MO
 

Dr. Steven Dresner is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dresner accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Dr. Dresner performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. His professional affiliations include BJC HealthCare and Associates in Urology.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $5,731
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,632
Dr. Jeffrey W Parker, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1 S Keene Street
Columbia, MO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Parker is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Parker's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, Dr. Parker attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with BJC HealthCare.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $4,350
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $641
Dr. Paul William Humphrey, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
3220 Bluff Creek Drive; Suite 100
Columbia, MO
 

Dr. Paul Humphrey's specialty is vascular surgery. Dr. Humphrey is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Humphrey trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Humphrey is affiliated with Columbia Surgical Associates and BJC HealthCare.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $1,247
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,209

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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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