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We found 63 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Advantage Plus near Austin, TX.

Dr. Faraz Kerendi, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1010 W. 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Faraz Kerendi's specialties are general surgery and thoracic surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Kerendi graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,619
  • Medicare Cost: $1,431
Dr. Stephen James Dewan, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1010 West 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Dewan practices general surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Dewan is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dewan honors. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,293
  • Medicare Cost: $894
Dr. Neal Thomas Foley, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5656 Bee Caves Road; Suite H201
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Neal Foley is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Foley has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Foley has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,187
  • Medicare Cost: $634
Dr. Brannon Ray Hyde, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Brannon Hyde specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery and practices in Austin, TX. Dr. Hyde is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,512
  • Medicare Cost: $1,393
Dr. Emery Walter Dilling, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1010 W 40th Street; Office
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Emery Dilling practices general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery in Austin, TX. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 35
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,410
  • Medicare Cost: $611
Dr. Daniel Leite Cardoso Fortes, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1010 W 40th Street; Office
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Fortes is a general surgery and thoracic surgery specialist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fortes honors. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,715 - $5,050
  • Medicare Cost: $917 - $1,710
Dr. Genoveva Nicoleta Prisacaru, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4007 James Casey Street; Suite A100
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Genoveva Prisacaru is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Austin, TX. After attending Gr. T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi and Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has indicated that her clinical interests include laparoscopic hysterectomy. Dr. Prisacaru's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Private Practice and Seton Healthcare Family. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Prisacaru's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic hysterectomy, robotic surgery

All Interests: Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Pain, Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, Hysterectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam Bryce Weinfeld, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Craniofacial & Reconstructive; Plastic Surgery Center
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Adam Weinfeld practices plastic surgery. Dr. Weinfeld attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Weinfeld include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. Dr. Weinfeld is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Sean Michael Gallagher, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
3901 Medical Parkway; Suite 301
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Sean Gallagher is a physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Gallagher speaks Medical Spanish. He has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoarthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Westlake Hospital, Seton Medical Center, and Seton Healthcare Family. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Gallagher's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Meniscus Replacement, Replacement Arthroplasty, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Richard Cullington, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
1400 N I-35; Suite 320
Austin, TX
 

Dr. James Cullington specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Cullington's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cullington welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Hand Fracture, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable ... (Read more)

Dr. Lynne Marie Knowles, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
4101 James Casey Street; Suite 100
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Lynne Knowles sees patients in Austin, TX. Her medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Dr. Knowles's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Oncology and Seton Healthcare Family. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Knowles has received include Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,724 - $3,056
  • Medicare Cost: $467 - $1,034
Dr. Michael Timothy Breen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
313 East 12th Street; Suite 104
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Michael Breen works as a family practice physician and general obstetrician and gynecologist in Austin, TX. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Breen performed his residency at Maricopa Medical Center, JPS Health Network, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. Clinical interests for Dr. Breen include bleeding, myomectomy (fibroid removal), and hysterectomy (uterus removal). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Breen is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Breen is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Bleeding, Consultation, Women's Health Issues, Hysterectomy, Endometriosis, Gynecologic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Khristopher "kris" M. Heinzman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1301 W 38th Street; Suite 400
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Khristopher Heinzman practices adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) in Austin, TX, Round Rock, TX, and Kyle, TX. Dr. Heinzman's clinical interests include heart problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heinzman honors. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Heinzman is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, Electrophysiological Study

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 88
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,368 - $2,710
  • Medicare Cost: $403 - $872
Dr. John Martin Uecker, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
313 E 12th Street; Suite 103
Austin, TX
 

Dr. John Uecker works as a general surgeon in Austin, TX. These areas are among Dr. Uecker's clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. Before completing his residency at Methodist Health System, Dr. Uecker attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Uecker's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal

All Interests: Research, Rectal Problems, Gallstones, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Skin Issues, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vivian Del Carmen Carmen Aguilar, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
911 W 38th Street; Suite 202
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Vivian Aguilar is a physician who specializes in urogynecology. Dr. Aguilar speaks Spanish. She is especially interested in pelvic floor dysfunction, robotic surgery, and urinary incontinence. She is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. She is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Aguilar trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aguilar accepts. Dr. Aguilar welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Interstitial Cystitis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urinary Incontinence, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Christina Marie Reitmeyer, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2500 W William Cannon Drive; Suite 4
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Christina Sheely's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Sheely is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sheely is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,785 - $1,789
  • Medicare Cost: $485 - $492

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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.