We found 9 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Advantage Plus near Galveston, TX.

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

Dr. Ikenna Okereke's specialty is thoracic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Okereke average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Providence VA Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Okereke obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. 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
Dr. Andrew Yuan Zhang, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
301 6th Street
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Zhang's areas of specialization are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Clinical interests 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 honors. Before completing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Zhang attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Zhang is conversant in Chinese. He is professionally 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. 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 specializes in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Panchbhavi focuses on foot problems and ankle problems. He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Panchbhavi attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Galveston, TX and Stafford, 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. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. Dr. Carayannopoulos has received professional recognition including the following: 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). Her practice 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. Eric L Cole, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Cole is a pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery specialist. He obtained his medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). These areas are among Dr. Cole's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Cole takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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)

Dr. Linda G Phillips, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Linda Phillips practices plastic surgery. Dr. Phillips's areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Phillips 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. Farrah N Siddiqui, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Farrah Siddiqui's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Siddiqui average 5.0 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Dr. Siddiqui 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. After completing medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College, Dr. Siddiqui performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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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. Eduardo Orihuela, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Eduardo Orihuela works as a pediatric urologist. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Cayetano Heredia University for medical school, Dr. Orihuela completed his residency training at Union Memorial Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He 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 Plastic Surgery
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Steven Blackwell specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Galveston, TX and Houston, TX. He obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University Hospital, Cincinnati and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Blackwell's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He honors 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.
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