We found 341 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept United Healthcare EPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Kim Insua De La Cruz, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6770 Bertner Avenue, C320a; Division of Cardiac Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kim De La Cruz specializes in cardiac surgery and practices in Houston, TX. He studied medicine at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and aortic root replacement. Dr. De La Cruz honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. De La Cruz has received include the University Scholar, University of the Philippines Diliman and College Scholar, University of the Philippines Diliman. Dr. De La Cruz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Heart Institute (THI).

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Relevant Interests: , thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, endovascular surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Aortic Disease, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joseph Coselli is a specialist in cardiac surgery and vascular surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Coselli is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Coselli's clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. 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. 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. Dr. Coselli has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor Clinic. Dr. Coselli is accepting 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. Allen L Milewicz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Allen Milewicz is a pediatric general surgery specialist in Houston, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, colon cancer, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Milewicz's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Milewicz's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Milewicz accepts. Dr. Milewicz has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes 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. Andrea Anita Hayes-Jordan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan's medical specialty is pediatric surgery and general surgery. She has indicated that her clinical interests include cancer surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and soft tissue sarcoma. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hayes-Jordan honors. After attending Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Hayes-Jordan completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Her distinctions include: Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hayes-Jordan's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. David J Sugarbaker, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine; One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Sugarbaker practices thoracic surgery. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Sugarbaker's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). His professional affiliations include Baylor Clinic, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH). Before completing his residency at Toronto General Hospital and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Dr. Sugarbaker attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Sugarbaker average 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Texas Super Doctors; and Master Of Arts (honorary), Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sugarbaker has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ourania A Preventza, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6620 Main Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ourania Preventza is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Preventza attended medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include aortic root replacement, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her professional affiliations include Baylor Clinic and Texas Heart Institute (THI).

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Clinical Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Repair, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Carotid Endarterectomy, Aortic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $1,964
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $288
Dr. Todd Kenneth Rosengart, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Todd Rosengart is a specialist in cardiac surgery and vascular surgery. He works in Houston, TX. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Rosengart focuses on heart bypass surgery (CABG) and minimally invasive valve surgery. Dr. Rosengart takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rosengart is affiliated with Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive cardiac surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Aortic Disease, Tricuspid Valve Repair, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for CABG and/or Valve Surgery
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    97.4%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.4 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 363 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Miguel A Iii Gomez III, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Miguel Gomez is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He works in Houston, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gomez include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart surgery. Dr. Gomez honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Gomez is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gomez is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Lung Tumor Resection, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Collapsed Lung, Carotid Endarterectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Terry K Scarborough, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1200 Binz Street; 950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Scarborough is a medical specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Scarborough include sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and acid reflux (GERD). Patients gave Dr. Scarborough an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scarborough honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Scarborough attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Scarborough's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic duodenal switch, laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, laparoscopic nephrectomy, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sclerotherapy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary L Brandt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
3023 Kirby Drive; Suite 201
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mary Brandt practices pediatric surgery and general surgery in Houston, TX. Dr. Brandt's areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and appendectomy. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Brandt attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Appendectomy, Fistula, Splenectomy, Esophagus Problems, Surgical Procedures, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan Michael Burt, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
1 Baylor Plaza # Bcm390; Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bryan Burt's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. Dr. Burt studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Burt include thoracic outlet syndrome, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Burt honors. Dr. Burt is professionally affiliated with Baylor Clinic.

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

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Lobectomy, Tumor, Mediastinal Disease, Acid Reflux, Video-Assisted ... (Read more)

Dr. Sohail Rashmi Shah, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
6701 Fannin Street; 8th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sohail Shah specializes in pediatric surgery and general surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), gastrointestinal surgery, and neonatal surgery. Dr. Shah accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Neonatal Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juliet Georgia Holder Haynes, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2101 Crawford Street; Suite 304
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juliet Holder-Haynes is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Holder-Haynes trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Holder-Haynes include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and nissen fundoplication. Dr. Holder-Haynes is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She 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. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Nissen Fundoplication, Weight Management, Acid ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 25
  • Charge (avg.): $1,705 - $6,746
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $175 - $1,226
Dr. Monica Esperanza Lopez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
3023 Kirby Drive; Suite 201
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Monica Lopez sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Lopez attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endocrine surgery, and 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. Lopez honors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Endocrine Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Ara A Vaporciyan, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ara Vaporciyan is a cardiothoracic surgeon in Houston, TX. Dr. Vaporciyan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. His residency was performed at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Heart Institute, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Vaporciyan include: Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas; Best Doctors in America; and Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors. Dr. Vaporciyan is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 31
  • Charge (avg.): $1,665 - $10,146
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $217 - $1,448
Dr. Shawn Spencer Groth, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
6620 Main Street; Baylor Clinic 1325
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shawn Groth is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Groth has a special interest in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and malignant pleural mesothelioma. His professional affiliations include Baylor Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Groth has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Stenosis, Mediastinal Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Minimally Invasive ... (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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