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We found 12 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Advantage Plus near Galveston, TX.

Dr. Ikenna Chidume Okereke, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

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. Reagan Michelle Street, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Reagan Street works as a gynecologic oncologist. Her professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. She studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Street honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,042
  • Medicare Cost: $973
Dr. Linda Goluch Phillips, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Linda Phillips specializes in plastic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Phillips a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Phillips has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Lift, Burn Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Yuan Zhang, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
301 University Boulevard; Utmb Division of Plastic Surgery
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Zhang is a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in Galveston, TX and Dallas, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zhang include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zhang accepts. He studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Zhang speaks Chinese. Dr. Zhang is affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,283
  • Medicare Cost: $506
Dr. George Nicolas Carayannopoulos, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. George Carayannopoulos, who practices in Galveston, TX, League City, TX, and Texas City, TX, is a medical specialist in cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Carayannopoulos attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. The average patient rating for Dr. Carayannopoulos is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Carayannopoulos has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 58
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,093 - $2,306
  • Medicare Cost: $439 - $911
Dr. Brian Anthony Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Smith specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in League City, TX, Galveston, TX, and Alvin, TX. Dr. Smith has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 129
  • Uninsured Cost: $446 - $2,710
  • Medicare Cost: $137 - $1,088
Dr. Farrah Naz Siddiqui, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Other, Otolaryngology
301 University Boulevard; Utmb Department of Otolaryngol
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Farrah Siddiqui is a specialist in allergy and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She works in League City, TX, Texas City, TX, and Galveston, TX. Dr. Siddiqui has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,393
  • Medicare Cost: $233
Dr. Douglas Scott Tyler, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Tyler, who practices in Galveston, TX, League City, TX, and Webster, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Durham VA Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Dartmouth Medical School and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Tyler takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,253
  • Medicare Cost: $910
Dr. Eduardo Orihuela, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Division of Urology; Univ of Tx Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Eduardo Orihuela specializes in pediatric urology and practices in League City, TX, Angleton, TX, and Texas City, TX. Patient reviews placed Dr. Orihuela at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school and subsequently trained at Union Memorial Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,120
  • Medicare Cost: $834
Dr. Eric Lowry Cole, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Otolaryngology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Cole is a pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in League City, TX and Galveston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cole include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cole attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Mossaab Shuraih is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He works in Houston, TX and Galveston, TX. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Shuraih honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Arabic.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,132
  • Medicare Cost: $507
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Specializes in Plastic Surgery
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Steven Blackwell's specialty is plastic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Blackwell include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Blackwell trained at the University Hospital, Cincinnati and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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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.