We found 18 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Humana Premier near Independence, MO.

Dr. Prem Kumar Samuel, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Other, Thoracic Surgery
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 105
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Prem Samuel's medical specialty is vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Samuel include carotid artery stenting, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Samuel accepts. Before completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Madras Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada, Dr. Samuel attended medical school at Madras Medical College. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Samuel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Tamil. His professional affiliations include HCA Midwest Physicians, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Sigi Parakandan Joseph, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
19101 E Valley View Parkway; Suite B
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Sigi Joseph's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Joseph include obesity and skin lesions (growths or marks). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Joseph (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Centerpoint Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Cysts, Obesity, Skin Lesions

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $1,925
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $604
Dr. Vincent Howard Key, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex; One Arrowhead Drive, Sports Medicine and Performance Center
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Vincent Key is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Patients gave Dr. Key an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Key include bone pain, strains, and elbow pain. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Key has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Key is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy

All Interests: Bone Pain, Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Shoulder Reconstruction, Knee Pain, Work Injuries, Nerve ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,727
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $452
Dr. John Wesley Collins Jr., MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
19550 E 39th Street S; Suite 400
Independence, MO
 

Dr. John Collins, who practices in Independence, MO, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Collins's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze. He attended medical school at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Collins's hospital/clinic affiliations include HCA Midwest Physicians and Carondelet Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Total ... (Read more)

Dr. Dwayne Eric Jones, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
19550 East 39th Street, Suite 100; 19550 East 39th Street Suite 100
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Dwayne Jones' medical specialty is anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He graduated from Meharry Medical College. His training includes residency programs at George Washington University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jones include pain management. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital, North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH), and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Pain Management

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 24
  • Charge (avg.): $4,077
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $992
Dr. Scott Michael Mullen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex; One Arrowhead Drive
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Scott Mullen is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Mullen include strains, hip injury, and anxiety. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Mullen is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, hip arthroscopy, wrist arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Elbow Arthroscopy, Hip Arthroscopy, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. Chandrasekhar R Vasamreddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
19550 East 39th Street; Suite 210
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Chandrasekhar Vasamreddy specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Before performing his residency at Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, Dr. Vasamreddy attended Sri Venkateswara University for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Vasamreddy include heart failure, endocarditis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vasamreddy is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, HCA Midwest Physicians, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Cardioversion, Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation, Endocarditis, Chest Pain, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 42
  • Charge (avg.): $1,691 - $2,930
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $528 - $908
Dr. Elizabeth Ann Piontek, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Elizabeth Piontek's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). She has a special interest in robotic surgery and urinary incontinence. She takes Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Piontek graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Cancer, Kidney Problems, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Roger Allen Ray, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
19550 E. 39th Street; #105
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Roger Ray is a neurosurgery specialist in Independence, MO. He is rated highly by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include HCA Midwest Physicians and Carondelet Health. Dr. Ray accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Laminotomy, Laminoplasty, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven B Wilkinson, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
19550 E 39th Street S; Suite 105-a
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Steven Wilkinson is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Wilkinson obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at Truman Medical Centers and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Wilkinson is professionally affiliated with HCA Midwest Physicians and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Laminotomy, Laminoplasty, Hydrocephalus, Bell's Palsy, Spinal Fusion, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Paul Ballard, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
19550 E 39th Street S; Suite 230
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Ballard's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. Dr. Ballard attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ballard is affiliated with HCA Midwest Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: ACL Injury, Osteoporosis, Foot Surgery, Total Hip Replacement, Fractures, Total Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Aaron Krempec, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
19550 E 39th Street S; Suite 410
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Krempec is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Krempec's areas of expertise include sports injuries. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Krempec trained at Carolinas Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH), Carondelet Health, and Centerpoint Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hip arthroscopy

All Interests: Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Dysplasia, Total Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Hip Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sol H Dubin, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
19550 E 39th Street S; Suite 400
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Sol Dubin is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Dubin is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include HCA Midwest Physicians and Carondelet Health. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: ACL Injury, Osteoporosis, Foot Surgery, Herniated Disc, Total Hip Replacement, Fractures, Total ... (Read more)

Dr. Aruna Rokkam, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hematology
3889 S. Jackson Drive
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Aruna Rokkam is an oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders) specialist. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Rokkam accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College, she performed her residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, HCA Midwest Physicians, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Breast Pain, Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Kyphoplasty, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Laminotomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Sanford McIntosh, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. James McIntosh is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. McIntosh include robotic pyeloplasty. Dr. McIntosh is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare Plans, and more. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Dr. McIntosh completed Dr. McIntosh's residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. McIntosh is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic radical nephrectomy, robotic pyeloplasty, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Partial Nephrectomy, Robotic Radical Nephrectomy, Robotic Pyeloplasty, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy Allen Hall, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
19550 E 39th Street S; Suite 300
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Timothy Hall specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Independence, MO and Odessa, MO. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Hall include robotic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with HCA Midwest Physicians. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hall takes. Dr. Hall is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He trained at Truman Medical Centers for residency. Dr. Hall speaks Sign Language.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Robotic Surgery

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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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