We found 50 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept PacifiCare near Houston, TX.

Dr. Allen L Milewicz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Allen Milewicz works as a pediatric general surgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Milewicz is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Milewicz include bladder cancer, colon cancer, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Milewicz obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Gallstones, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Stapleton Coselli, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Coselli's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Coselli's clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Coselli is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor Clinic. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), laparoscopic gallbladder removal

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Biopsy, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Gallstones, Abdominal Aortic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 31
  • Charge (avg.): $4,603 - $8,539
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $920 - $1,411
Dr. Uttam Tripathy, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Uttam Tripathy's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Tripathy's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tripathy include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tripathy takes. Dr. Tripathy is a graduate of S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Devinder Singh Bhatia, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Devinder Bhatia's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Bhatia is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhatia include maze procedure, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and minor surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Secure Horizons, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Bhatia's medical residency was performed at Carolinas Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Bhatia has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Lung Biopsy, Maze Procedure, Lung Tumor ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 44
  • Charge (avg.): $14,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $823
Dr. Paul Jerrall James, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2101 Crawford; Suite 304
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Paul James practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. James accepts. Dr. James is a graduate of Meharry Medical College and a graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital's residency program. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. James is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Brian Mirza, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Mirza is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic colectomy, and sleep apnea. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mirza takes. Dr. Mirza attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Sleep Problems, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sclerotherapy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Louis Eisemann, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Eisemann is a plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Eisemann at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Eisemann include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He honors 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 Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, a hospital affiliated with Yale University, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Eisemann include: Listed as a top-rated plastic surgeon in Texas; "Guide to Top Doctors"; and Selected as one of the Top Doctors in Harris County and Bayou City. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Eisemann is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Down Syndrome, Butt Augmentation, Cosmetic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Edward Link Jr., BS, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Link practices urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Link include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. His education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Ureteral Obstruction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 21
  • Charge (avg.): $8,511
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,592
Dr. Sean G Boutros, MD
Specializes in Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
6400 Fannin; Suite 2290
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sean Boutros sees patients in Houston, TX and Austin, TX. His medical specialty is head & neck plastic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Boutros average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Boutros's areas of expertise include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and oral reconstruction. He honors United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Boutros has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Seton Healthcare Family. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Oral Reconstruction, Breast Augmentation, Down ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Pidala studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. He trained at Summa Akron City Hospital for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Pidala include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pidala has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Pidala has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Hue-Teh Shih, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
6400 Fannin; #2030
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hue-Teh Shih sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shih's clinical interests include ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and electrophysiological (EP) study. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended Taipei Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Shih has received include American Federation For Clinical Research Trainee Award and American College Of Cardiology/bristol Labs Affiliate-In-Training Travel Award. Dr. Shih (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Shih is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Electrophysiological ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,350
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $870
Dr. William Hicks Hadnott III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Hadnott is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Hadnott is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is especially interested in knee problems, hip surgery, and sports health. Dr. Hadnott's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hadnott takes. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , MAKOplasty

All Interests: Sports Health, Joint Surgery, MAKOplasty, Knee Problems, Hip Surgery, Hip Problems

Dr. Jonathan Glen Lee, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1200 Binz; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Lee is a medical specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include knee problems, hip replacement, and knee replacement. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann and Park Plaza Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Joint Surgery, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Aspiration, Hip Replacement, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Aeneid Liang-Jiu Chen, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
10701 Vintage Preserve Parkway
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Aeneid Chen's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, ablation, and minor surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Chen attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, Dr. Chen speaks Taiwanese. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - The Vintage. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)

All Interests: Warts, Amenorrhea, Hysteroscopy, Circumcision, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chundar Tsai, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1801 Binz Street; Suite 500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Chundar Tsai works as an obstetrician and gynecologist. In addition to English, Dr. Tsai (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tsai include menopause, pap test, and amenorrhea (missed periods). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Tsai's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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. Dr. Tsai's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Hormone Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Obstetrics
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1980
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bart Putterman is an obstetrics specialist in Houston, TX. His clinical interests include menopause, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and ablation. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Putterman completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Putterman average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Putterman honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, ... (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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