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

Dr. Prem Samuel is a physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Samuel's clinical interests: carotid artery stenting, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Samuel accepts. Dr. Samuel graduated from Madras Medical College and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Madras Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Samuel (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Tamil. His professional affiliations include Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Menorah 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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Joseph is especially interested in obesity and skin lesions (growths or marks). He is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Centerpoint Medical Center. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Joseph attended medical school at St. John's Medical College. Dr. Joseph (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Malayalam.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, 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 him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Key's areas of expertise include the following: bone pain, strains, and elbow pain. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Key is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Key has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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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' medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Meharry Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Collins include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and more. Dr. Collins is affiliated with Carondelet Health. He has an open panel.

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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. Elizabeth Ann Piontek, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Elizabeth Piontek, who practices in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Piontek is especially interested in robotic surgery and urinary incontinence. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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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 physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Ray is affiliated with Carondelet Health. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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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. 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. His areas of expertise include pain management. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital, North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH), and Menorah Medical Center. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Jones performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Jones accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. His areas of expertise include the following: strains, hip injury, and anxiety. Dr. Mullen takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He 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 is an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Vasamreddy's clinical interests include heart failure, endocarditis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vasamreddy obtained his medical school training at Sri Venkateswara University and performed his residency at Harbor Hospital, Baltimore.

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Clinical Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Stress Echo, Hypertension, Stent ... (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. Gregory Paul Ballard, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
19550 E 39th Street S; Suite 230
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Ballard sees patients in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. His medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Ballard completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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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's area of specialization is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Krempec attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. He trained at Carolinas Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and Carondelet Health.

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

Dr. James McIntosh's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. McIntosh's areas of expertise include robotic pyeloplasty. Dr. McIntosh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital and Carondelet Health. Dr. McIntosh obtained Dr. McIntosh's medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and performed Dr. McIntosh's residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McIntosh takes.

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

Dr. Steven Wilkinson is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Wilkinson is professionally affiliated with Carondelet Health. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Truman Medical Centers and Rush University Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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

Dr. Sol Dubin works as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Dubin is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Dubin is professionally affiliated with Carondelet Health.

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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. Kristopher Shawn Lybarger, DO
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
3889 S. Jackson Drive
Independence, MO
 

Dr. K. Lybarger specializes in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Lybarger has a special interest in labor and delivery (childbirth) and da vinci surgery. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's residency program. Dr. Lybarger is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Labor and Delivery, Da Vinci Surgery, Robotic Surgery

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. Dr. Hall's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in robotic surgery. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at Truman Medical Centers, Dr. Hall attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He is conversant in 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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