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

Dr. Jacques-Pierre Fontaine's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. Dr. Fontaine takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Boston Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Moffitt Cancer Center.

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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 area of specialization is thoracic surgery. Dr. Okereke is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Providence VA Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 32
  • Uninsured Cost: $712 - $4,659
  • Medicare Cost: $229 - $1,506
Dr. Eric Ferguson Walsh, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
588 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI
 

Dr. Eric Walsh is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: wrist surgery, hand surgery procedures, and trauma. Great-West Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walsh honors. Before completing his residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Walsh attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Walsh offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO, and Rhode Island Hospital. He 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. Michael James Belanger, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Sports Medicine
1524 Atwood Avenue; Suite 140
Johnston, RI
 

Dr. Michael Belanger's specialties are orthopedic trauma and sports medicine. His areas of expertise consist of replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), sports injuries, and trauma. Dr. Belanger honors AARP, Prudential (PruCare), and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Belanger's distinctions include: New England Hospital Engineers Soc Award; Brown Univ. Haffenreffer Ortho Research; and Award. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Wheeler has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of clinical interest consist of infertility, laparoscopic surgery, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wheeler's office for an appointment. She attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Wheeler completed her residency training at Miami Valley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wright State University. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include 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, Female Infertility, Male Infertility, Laparoscopic Surgery

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

Dr. Carolyn McCourt's specialties are gynecologic oncology and obstetrics. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Dr. McCourt's professional affiliations include 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. Anthony Michael Deluise Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
285 Promenade Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Anthony Deluise works as a hand surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, and sports medicine specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: shoulder surgery, upper extremity problems, and hand surgery procedures. He is in-network for Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Deluise graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Deluise welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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Dr. Joseph Salama, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 355
Farmington, MI
 

Dr. Joseph Salama works as an orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills, MI, Farmington, MI, and Novi, MI. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Salama include hip replacement, knee replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System and Henry Ford Health System. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and Mount Carmel Health System. Dr. Salama (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French.

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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 general surgeon, surgical oncologist, and OB/GYN. Her areas of expertise consist of cancer surgery, breast surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gass honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Temple University Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Gass include: 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. Dr. Gass welcomes 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's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Goldstein speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Goldstein focuses on knee problems, shoulder surgery, and elbow surgery. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Goldstein obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goldstein takes. Dr. Goldstein is open to new patients.

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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's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. His clinical interests include female incontinence, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and bladder problems. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Dolnicek attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Dolnicek trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Dolnicek an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and shoulder surgery. Dr. Gastel is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University, Dr. Gastel attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Gastel has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Society. He offers interpreting services for his 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 specializes in plastic surgery and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Walek's education and training includes medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He takes MultiPlan, Viant, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Training in Hyperbaric Medicing and Wound Care and Certified Diving Medical Examiner. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Walek's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Steven Graff is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Graff has a special interest in 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. He 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 professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). Dr. Graff is accepting 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. Aristides Ignacio Cruz Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Aristides Cruz practices pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Cruz attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and trauma. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Problems, Fractures, Trauma

Dr. Robert Michael Shalvoy, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
100 Butler Drive
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Robert Shalvoy specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Shalvoy is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and shoulder surgery. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Kent Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Shalvoy honors Cigna, Aetna, Medicare, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His residency was performed at Boston Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,850
  • Medicare Cost: $185

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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.