We found 22 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept United Healthcare near Providence, RI.

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
195 Collyer Street; Suite 302
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Jacques-Pierre Fontaine specializes in thoracic surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fontaine takes. After attending McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Fontaine completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Moffitt Cancer Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 94
  • Charge (avg.): $776 - $4,073
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $235 - $1,406

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2 Dudley Street; Suite 470
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Ikenna Okereke's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Providence VA Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Okereke studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 32
  • Charge (avg.): $712 - $4,659
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $229 - $1,506

Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
90 Plain Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Carol Wheeler specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Wheeler's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in male infertility, female infertility, and laparoscopic surgery. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wheeler takes. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Wheeler performed her residency at Miami Valley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wright State University. She has received the following distinctions: Teacher Of The Year, 1992-Brown Medical Students; For Ob/gyn Rotation; and Excellence In Undergraduate Medical Education. Her professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Infertility, in Vitro Fertilization, Female Infertility, Male Infertility, Laparoscopic Surgery

Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Sports Medicine
1524 Atwood Avenue; Suite 140
Johnston, RI
 

Dr. Michael Belanger works as an orthopedic trauma specialist and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Belanger has a special interest in replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), sports injuries, and trauma. He is an in-network provider for AARP, Prudential (PruCare), Cigna, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He trained at Rhode Island Hospital for his residency. Dr. Belanger has received professional recognition including the following: New England Hospital Engineers Soc Award; Brown Univ. Haffenreffer Ortho Research; and Award. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,500
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $654

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
588 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI
 

Dr. Eric Walsh is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Walsh's areas of expertise include the following: wrist surgery, hand surgery procedures, and trauma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO, and Rhode Island Hospital. He is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Walsh honors Great-West Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $1,914
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $510

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
285 Promenade Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Anthony Deluise is a hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Deluise speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include shoulder surgery, upper extremity problems, and hand surgery procedures. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital. He studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Deluise takes several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare. Dr. Deluise's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Carolyn McCourt is a gynecologic oncology and obstetrics specialist. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCourt accepts. Dr. McCourt attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. She is 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

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
588 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI
 

Dr. Jack Goldstein specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in East Providence, RI and Pawtucket, RI. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Goldstein's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, shoulder surgery, and elbow surgery. He is an in-network provider for Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Dr. Goldstein performed his residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $3,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $179

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. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gass include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Gass's professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Kent Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gass honors. Dr. Gass's practice is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Gass attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Gass include: Research Training Award, University of Maryland; Medical School; and Scholasatic Achievement Award, American Medical. She offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

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

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 355
Farmington, MI
 

Dr. Joseph Salama sees patients in Beverly Hills, MI, Farmington, MI, and Novi, MI. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Salama (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. These areas are among Dr. Salama's clinical interests: hip replacement, knee replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Salama trained at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and Mount Carmel Health System. Patient ratings for Dr. Salama average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Salama accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 420
Farmington Hills, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Dolnicek specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Farmington, MI and Novi, MI. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include female incontinence, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and bladder problems. Dr. Dolnicek is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Sports Medicine
285 Promenade Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Matthew Plante's specialties are orthopedic trauma and sports medicine. His clinical interests encompass arthroscopic surgery and sports injuries. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. After completing medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Plante performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. Neighborhood Health Plan, Great-West Healthcare, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Plante accepts. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Injuries

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
100 Butler Drive
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Robert Shalvoy's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shalvoy include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and shoulder surgery. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Kent Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. He takes Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Shalvoy graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Shalvoy trained 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $3,850
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $185

Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
 

Dr. Aristides Cruz is a specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Providence, RI. His areas of clinical interest consist of arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and trauma. Dr. Cruz is professionally affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cruz accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
588 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI
 

Dr. Jonathan Gastel, who practices in Pawtucket, RI and Lincoln, RI, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Gastel's areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and shoulder surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Dr. Gastel has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Society. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1681 Cranston Street; Suite E
Cranston, RI
 

Dr. David Donaldson's specialties are general practice, adult cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in Woonsocket, RI and Cranston, RI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Donaldson include electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Donaldson is in-network for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at North Shore University Hospital. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Donaldson is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Electrophysiological Study

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 38
  • Charge (avg.): $1,107 - $1,913
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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.
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