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Dr. Diane F Merritt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gynecology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite C13
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Diane Merritt sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. Her medical specialty is pediatric gynecology. Patients gave Dr. Merritt an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include gynecological problems and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Merritt honors. After attending New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. She is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Hysteroscopy, Hormone Therapy, Gynecological Problems, Ovarian Cyst, Injuries, ... (Read more)

Dr. Valerie Sue Ratts, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Pediatric Gynecology
4444 Forest Park Avenue; Suite 3100
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Valerie Ratts, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and pediatric gynecology. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Dr. Ratts attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Progress West Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Amenorrhea, in Vitro Fertilization, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Reid Wellen, MBA, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jason Wellen's areas of specialization are pediatric surgery, general surgery, and transplant surgery; he sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. In his practice, he is particularly interested in kidney transplant, pancreatic surgery, and liver transplant. Dr. Wellen takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Wellen's training includes a residency program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Kidney Transplant, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leslie Michael Brunt, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. L. Brunt is a general surgeon and surgical oncologist. He is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, hiatal hernia, and endocrine surgery. Dr. Brunt takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Brunt attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Endocrine Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Grant Vincent Bochicchio, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Critical Care
4901 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Grant Bochicchio's specialties are general surgery, trauma surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). He practices in Saint Louis, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Bochicchio include burns. He is professionally affiliated with Christian Hospital, VA Maryland Health Care System, and Washington University Physicians. He attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for residency. Dr. Bochicchio takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic hernia repair

All Interests: Burns, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Fistula, Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, ... (Read more)

Dr. Denise Michelle Sarver Willers, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
4921 Parkview Place; 5th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Denise Willers' specialties are obstetrics and gynecology. She practices in Saint Louis, MO. After completing medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Dr. Willers performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: pregnancy, gynecologic surgery, and HIV/AIDS. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM) (St. Louis) - South County.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Contraception, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Fibroids, Hysterectomy, Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Premal Harish Thaker, MS, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 13c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Premal Thaker, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and O'Fallon, MO, is a medical specialist in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Thaker include ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and cervical cancer. Dr. Thaker is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Thaker attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Hysterectomy, Cervical Cancer, Tumor, Ovarian Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elisa H Birnbaum, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Elisa Birnbaum is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. She works in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Areas of expertise for Dr. Birnbaum include colorectal surgery procedures, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Birnbaum takes. Dr. Birnbaum attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Siteman Cancer Center.

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Clinical Interests: Cystocele, Incontinence, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Genetic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 21
  • Charge (avg.): $6,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,546
Dr. Laurie Jean Punch, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
4901 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Laurie Punch is a medical specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Punch include laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and wounds. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Punch is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Wounds, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Varun Puri, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Oncology, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Varun Puri's specialties are general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. He practices in Saint Peters, MO and Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Puri (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Puri include lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Washington University Physicians. He obtained his medical school training at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Thoracic Cancer, Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Barrett's ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin David Kozower, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8b
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Benjamin Kozower is a medical specialist in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Kozower's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Clinical Interests: Achalasia, Myasthenia Gravis, Lung Problems, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $4,678
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,454
Dr. Gerald Louis Andriole Jr., MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gerald Andriole specializes in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His clinical interests encompass prostate cancer. Dr. Andriole honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Andriole's medical residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Strong Memorial Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Progress West Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Kidney Cancer, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Bladder Cancer, Tumor, Penile Disorders, Prostate ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 52
  • Charge (avg.): $3,667 - $4,612
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $400 - $1,713
Dr. Sam Bipin Bhayani, MS, MD
Specializes in Urology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 11c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sam Bhayani's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhayani include kidney cancer, robotic surgery, and prostate cancer. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bhayani completed a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic kidney surgery, robotic prostatectomy

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Robotic Kidney Surgery, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 50
  • Charge (avg.): $3,988 - $6,610
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,309 - $1,599
Dr. Ralph J Torrence, MD
Specializes in Urology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 11c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Ralph Torrence works as an urologist. Patients rated Dr. Torrence highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He is affiliated with Christian Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic radical nephrectomy

All Interests: Female Urologic Disorders, Bladder Cancer, Partial Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

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What is Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is a kind of minimally invasive surgery using a thin, narrow tube called a laparoscope. Usually performed on the abdomen or the pelvic region, the surgeon makes a few very small incisions instead of one large one.

During the procedure, the surgeon inserts the laparoscope, which contains a light and camera that allows the surgeon to see what is happening inside the body. Then tiny tools are placed through the small openings and used to perform the surgery.

The most common laparoscopic surgery is gallbladder removal, but laparoscopic surgery may also be used for the removal of a kidney or appendix, to treat certain cysts and tumors, for bariatric surgery, for some GERD treatments, or for hernia repairs, among others.

Because laparoscopic surgery only uses a few tiny incisions, the scars are minimal and recovery is easier than with open surgery.
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