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

Dr. Allen Milewicz is a specialist in pediatric general surgery. He works in Houston, TX. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, colon cancer, and renal (kidney) biopsy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Milewicz 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Milewicz attended New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Milewicz has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Milewicz is open to 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, Thoracic Surgery
6770 Bertner Avenue, Divsion of Cardiothoracic Surgery; Suite C330
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Coselli practices cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Coselli attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coselli include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Coselli has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Coselli's office for an appointment.

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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

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,603 - $8,539
  • Medicare Cost: $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 specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery and practices in Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, and Richmond, TX. He studied medicine at S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack. For his residency, Dr. Tripathy trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Tripathy's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tripathy takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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 is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhatia include maze procedure, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and minor surgery. Dr. Bhatia's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Carolinas Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Bhatia attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Bhatia speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He 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

  • Medicare Volume: 44
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,000
  • Medicare Cost: $823
Dr. Paul Jerrall James, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2101 Crawford; Suite 304
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Paul James is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. James include laparoscopic surgery. His professional affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. James takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College and a graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital's residency program. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. James speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery

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

Dr. Richard Link works as an urologist. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). Dr. Link's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He 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. He has an open panel.

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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, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 21
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,511
  • Medicare Cost: $1,592
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 in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Eisemann include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and botulinum toxin injection. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Eisemann attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Eisemann trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, a hospital affiliated with Yale University, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Eisemann has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable ... (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 and practices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Pidala accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Pidala completed a residency program at Summa Akron City Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pidala is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Matthew Linley Anderson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Anderson works as a gynecologic oncologist and obstetrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Anderson include cancer surgery, pelvic surgery, and cervical dysplasia. 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 graduated from Yale School of Medicine. He trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Anderson's practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Cervical Dysplasia, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecologic Surgery, Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. William Hicks Iii Hadnott III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Hadnott practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Hadnott include knee problems, hip surgery, and sports health. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Hadnott is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Hadnott speaks Spanish. He is 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 Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
1200 Binz; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Lee's areas of specialization are adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University, Dr. Lee attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport for medical school. Dr. Lee's clinical interests include knee problems, hip replacement, and knee replacement. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Hue-Teh Teh Shih, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hue-Teh Shih practices adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. After attending Taipei Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Shih's areas of expertise include the following: ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and electrophysiological (EP) study. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shih include: American Federation For Clinical Research; Trainee Award; and American College Of Cardiology/bristol Labs. In addition to English, Dr. Shih (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Shih is 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

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,350
  • Medicare Cost: $870
Dr. Sean George Boutros, MD
Specializes in Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
6400 Fannin; Suite 2290
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sean Boutros is a head and neck plastic surgeon in Houston, TX and Austin, TX. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Boutros include dermabrasion, oral reconstruction, and botulinum toxin injection. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Boutros has received include Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Seton Healthcare Family. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Oral Reconstruction, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Aeneid Chen is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Chen's clinical interests include warts, ablation, and minor surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - The Vintage. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen accepts. Dr. Chen is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. He is conversant in Taiwanese.

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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. Isam Yusuof Balat, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Isam Balat is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Balat (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Balat has a special interest in vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), infertility, and endometriosis. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Before completing his residency at Memorial Hermann, a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Balat attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Balat is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)

All Interests: Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Joseph Streitmann, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
5009 Caroline Street; #105
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Streitmann is a plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Clinical interests for Dr. Streitmann include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Streitmann's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Streitmann takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, ... (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.