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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 is a specialist in thoracic surgery. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Fontaine takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Fontaine completed residency programs at Boston Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal.

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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 is a specialist in thoracic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. Okereke accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Okereke completed a residency program at Cleveland Clinic.

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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 physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Walsh studied medicine at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. He trained at Rhode Island Hospital for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Walsh include wrist surgery, hand surgery procedures, and trauma. Great-West Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walsh takes. Dr. Walsh offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO, and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Walsh welcomes 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 works as an orthopedic traumatologist and sports medicine specialist in Johnston, RI. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Belanger include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), sports injuries, and trauma. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Belanger is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Prudential (PruCare), and Cigna. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include New England Hospital Engineers Soc Award; Brown Univ. Haffenreffer Ortho Research; and Award. 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's medical specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Her clinical interests encompass infertility, laparoscopic surgery, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Wheeler's hospital/clinic affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Wheeler trained at Miami Valley Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wright State University. Dr. Wheeler's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wheeler's distinctions include: Teacher Of The Year, 1992-Brown Medical Students; For Ob/gyn Rotation; and Excellence In Undergraduate Medical Education. 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

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 physician who specializes in hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. Before performing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Deluise attended Boston University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Deluise include shoulder surgery, upper extremity problems, and hand surgery procedures. Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Deluise accepts. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Deluise is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital. He is accepting 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)

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. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. She is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. McCourt completed a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. McCourt takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Robotic Surgery

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 Dr. Salama an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include hip replacement, knee replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and Mount Carmel Health System. Dr. Salama (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Salama is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System and Henry Ford Health System.

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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 works as a general surgeon, cancer surgeon, and obstetrician and gynecologist in Providence, RI. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Her clinical interests include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Gass is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Kent Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Temple University Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Gass is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, Aetna, and more. Her distinctions include: Research Training Award, University of Maryland; Medical School; and Scholasatic Achievement Award, American Medical. Dr. Gass's 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's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Goldstein has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has a special interest in knee problems, shoulder surgery, and elbow surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare. Dr. Goldstein welcomes 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. In addition to English, Dr. Goldstein speaks 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 practices general obstetrics & gynecology. His areas of expertise include female incontinence, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and bladder problems. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Dolnicek is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. He is professionally 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's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Pawtucket, RI and Lincoln, RI. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gastel include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and shoulder surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Alpha Omega Alpha Society. Dr. Gastel offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). Dr. Gastel's 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 is a plastic surgery and undersea and hyperbaric medicine specialist in Warwick, RI and East Providence, RI. Before completing his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Walek attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Dr. Walek's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is in-network for MultiPlan, Viant, Cigna, and more. His distinctions include: Training in Hyperbaric Medicing and Wound Care and Certified Diving Medical Examiner. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Walek is open to new patients.

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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 practices orthopedic trauma and sports medicine. Dr. Plante's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery and sports injuries. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Great-West Healthcare, and Coventry. He is closed to new patients at this time. Dr. Plante's education and training includes medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School and residency at Rhode Island Hospital.

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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 hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Graff include hand problems, wrist surgery, and hand surgery procedures. He takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC). He 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, adult cardiologist, and cardiac electrophysiologist. His areas of expertise include electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Donaldson's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is closed to new patients at this time. After completing medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Donaldson performed his residency at North Shore University Hospital. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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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.