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We found 25 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept United Healthcare near Providence, RI.

Dr. Jacques-Pierre Pierre Fontaine, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
195 Collyer Street; Suite 302
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Jacques-Pierre Fontaine, who practices in Providence, RI, is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Moffitt Cancer Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fontaine attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal for residency.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 94
  • Uninsured Cost: $776 - $4,073
  • Medicare Cost: $235 - $1,406
Dr. Ikenna Chidume Okereke, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2 Dudley Street; Suite 470
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Ikenna Okereke's specialty is thoracic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. Okereke is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Okereke trained at Cleveland Clinic. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 32
  • Uninsured Cost: $712 - $4,659
  • Medicare Cost: $229 - $1,506
Dr. Anthony Michael Deluise Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
285 Promenade Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Anthony Deluise is a hand surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, and sports medicine specialist. His clinical interests include shoulder surgery, upper extremity problems, and hand surgery procedures. Dr. Deluise is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital. He accepts Cigna, Aetna, Medicare, and more. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Deluise performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael James Belanger, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Sports Medicine
1524 Atwood Avenue; Suite 140
Johnston, RI
 

Dr. Michael Belanger is an orthopedic trauma and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Belanger speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), sports injuries, and trauma. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Belanger graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Rhode Island Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Prudential (PruCare), and Cigna. His distinctions include: New England Hospital Engineers Soc Award; Brown Univ. Haffenreffer Ortho Research; and Award. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Belanger's office for an appointment.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Sports Injuries, Replacement Arthroplasty, Trauma

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,500
  • Medicare Cost: $654
Dr. Carol Anne Wheeler, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Women & Infants Hospital; Center for Reproduction & Infertility
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Carol Wheeler's area of specialization is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. The average patient rating for Dr. Wheeler is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of clinical interest consist of infertility, laparoscopic surgery, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Wheeler is professionally affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Wheeler obtained her medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed her residency at Miami Valley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wright State University. She has received professional recognition including the following: Teacher Of The Year, 1992-Brown Medical Students; For Ob/gyn Rotation; and Excellence In Undergraduate Medical Education.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Infertility, in Vitro Fertilization, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Carolyn Kay McCourt, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Carolyn McCourt specializes in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCourt accepts. She studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. McCourt trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Robotic Surgery

Dr. Eric Ferguson Walsh, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
588 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI
 

Dr. Eric Walsh's specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Walsh offers interpreting services for his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: wrist surgery, hand surgery procedures, and trauma. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. He is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. He trained at Rhode Island Hospital for residency. Dr. Walsh honors Great-West Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Walsh is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Wrist Surgery, Elbow Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Hand Surgery Procedures, Trauma

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,914
  • Medicare Cost: $510
Dr. Joseph Salama, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 420
Farmington, MI
 

Dr. Joseph Salama specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Salama (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Salama's clinical interests include hip replacement, knee replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Providence Health System and Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Salama attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and Mount Carmel Health System. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Knee Pain, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Suzanne Gass, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Critical Care
101 Dudley Strret
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Jennifer Gass is a physician who specializes in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise consist of cancer surgery, breast surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Gass average 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, Aetna, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. She has received the following distinctions: Research Training Award, University of Maryland; Medical School; and Scholasatic Achievement Award, American Medical. Dr. Gass offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Kent Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Breast Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Jack D Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
588 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI
 

Dr. Jack Goldstein, who practices in East Providence, RI and Pawtucket, RI, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Goldstein has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, shoulder surgery, and elbow surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Goldstein is in-network for Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Yale University for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,000
  • Medicare Cost: $179
Dr. Thomas Francis Dolnicek, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 420
Farmington Hills, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Dolnicek is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Dolnicek's clinical interests include female incontinence, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and bladder problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dolnicek honors. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Dolnicek trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Bladder Problems, Urinary ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan A Gastel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
588 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI
 

Dr. Jonathan Gastel works as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and shoulder surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gastel obtained his medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Society. Dr. Gastel offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Raymond Walek, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Wound Care Center
East Providence, RI
 

Dr. Thomas Walek practices plastic surgery and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Walek include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. He attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at Lenox Hill Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. He accepts MultiPlan, Viant, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Training in Hyperbaric Medicing and Wound Care and Certified Diving Medical Examiner. Dr. Walek has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Hair Transplant, Nose Surgery, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Joseph Plante, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Sports Medicine
285 Promenade Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Matthew Plante is a specialist in orthopedic trauma and sports medicine. He works in Providence, RI. His clinical interests encompass arthroscopic surgery and sports injuries. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Great-West Healthcare, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Plante attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Plante is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Injuries

Dr. Steven Neal Graff, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
588 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI
 

Dr. Steven Graff is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Graff include hand problems, wrist surgery, and hand surgery procedures. He is an in-network provider for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and more. Dr. Graff obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). Dr. Graff welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Wrist Surgery, Hand Problems, Upper Extremity Problems, Hand Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,914
  • Medicare Cost: $482
Dr. David Macleod Donaldson, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1681 Cranston Street; Suite E
Cranston, RI
 

Dr. David Donaldson is a general practitioner, cardiologist, and cardiac electrophysiologist. He attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at North Shore University Hospital for residency. Dr. Donaldson's clinical interests include electrophysiological (EP) study. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Donaldson is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical Interests: Electrophysiological Study

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 38
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,107 - $1,913
  • Medicare Cost: $526 - $907

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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.