We found 11 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 practices thoracic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Okereke honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Providence VA Medical Center.

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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
Dr. Vinod Kumar Panchbhavi, MS, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
301 University Boulevard; Department of Ortho Surg & Rehab
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Vinod Panchbhavi sees patients in League City, TX, Galveston, TX, and Alvin, TX. His medical specialties are foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include foot problems and ankle problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Panchbhavi average 4.0 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 studied medicine at Osmania Medical College. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Panchbhavi is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Foot Problems, Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nikoletta Leontaritis Carayannopoulos, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
301 University Boulevard; Route 0164
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Nikoletta Carayannopoulos, who practices in Galveston, TX and Stafford, TX, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Carayannopoulos attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Carayannopoulos (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Dr. Carayannopoulos is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Replacement Arthroplasty, Trauma

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

Dr. Reagan Street specializes in gynecologic oncology and practices in Fort Worth, TX, Arlington, TX, and Bedford, TX. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Street is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. She has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $3,042
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $973
Dr. Linda Goluch Phillips, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Linda Phillips specializes in plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Phillips include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patient ratings for Dr. Phillips average 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 6th Street
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Zhang is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. He works in Dallas, TX and Galveston, TX. Before performing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Zhang attended Stanford University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zhang include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Zhang is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zhang has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He speaks Chinese. He 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $1,283
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $506
Dr. Farrah Naz Siddiqui, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Other, Otolaryngology
301 University Boulevard; Utmb Department of Otolaryngol
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Farrah Siddiqui is an allergist and ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Siddiqui's education and training includes medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Siddiqui is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $1,393
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $233
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 surgeon and otolaryngologist. Dr. Cole has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cole include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Cole attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Cole 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)

Dr. Eduardo Orihuela, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Division of Urology; Univ of Tx Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Eduardo Orihuela is a pediatric urologist in League City, TX, Angleton, TX, and Texas City, TX. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Orihuela graduated from Cayetano Heredia University. His training includes residency programs at Union Memorial Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Orihuela is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,120
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $834

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

Dr. Mossaab Shuraih works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist in Houston, TX and Galveston, TX. Dr. Shuraih is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Shuraih is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $1,132
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $507

Specializes in Plastic Surgery
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Steven Blackwell works as a plastic surgeon in Galveston, TX and Houston, TX. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University Hospital, Cincinnati and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Clinical interests for Dr. Blackwell include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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.
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