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

Dr. Allen Milewicz is a pediatric general surgery specialist in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, colon cancer, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Milewicz's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts 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 New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Milewicz has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Milewicz has an open panel.

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

Dr. Kim De La Cruz's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX. Dr. De La Cruz (or staff) is conversant in Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), aortic root replacement, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. De La Cruz is affiliated with Texas Heart Institute (THI). Dr. De La Cruz attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include the University Scholar, University of the Philippines Diliman and College Scholar, University of the Philippines Diliman.

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Relevant Interests: , thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR)

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Repair, Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair, Abdominal Aortic ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrea Anita Hayes-Jordan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Oncology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and oncology (cancer care). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hayes-Jordan takes. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Hayes-Jordan attended Dartmouth Medical School. She has received the following distinctions: Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

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

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 in Houston, TX. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coselli include mitral valve prolapse, thyroid problems, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Coselli's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Coselli completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , 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. Miguel Angel Iii Gomez III, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Miguel Gomez is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gomez include aortic aneurysm, heart surgery, and carotid endarterectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Gomez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Gomez speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Lung Tumor Resection, Collapsed Lung, Carotid Endarterectomy, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Randall Kevin Wolf, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 2500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Randall Wolf practices vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Wolf graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Carilion Clinic. His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna HSA. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive cardiac surgery

All Interests: Arrhythmias, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 45
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,172
  • Medicare Cost: $1,671
Dr. Ara Asadur Vaporciyan, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Box 445
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ara Vaporciyan practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He trained 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 for residency. Dr. Vaporciyan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vaporciyan's distinctions include: Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas; Best Doctors in America; and Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,665 - $10,146
  • Medicare Cost: $217 - $1,448
Dr. David Christopher Rice, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Box 445
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Rice specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rice attended Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Rice has received distinctions including Award on Aging, Society of Thoracic Surgeons; Kaare K. Nygaard Travel Award for Clinical Research; and Travel Prize, America Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,665 - $9,533
  • Medicare Cost: $217 - $1,417
Dr. Wayne Lewis Hofstetter, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Unit 1489
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wayne Hofstetter is a general surgery and thoracic surgery specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Hofstetter accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Dwight C. McGoon Award, Thoracic Surgery Resident's Association (TSRA); Dwight C. McGoon Award, Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (TSRA); and Robert Ginsberg Surgical Oncology Award, The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,665 - $10,486
  • Medicare Cost: $217 - $1,417
Dr. Darrell Lorne Cass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
6621 Fannin; Ccc Suite 650
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Darrell Cass is a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon in Houston, TX. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diaphragmatic hernia and nissen fundoplication. Dr. Cass takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , Nissen fundoplication

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Nissen Fundoplication, Esophagus Problems, Diaphragmatic Hernia, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Victor Mazziotti, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
6621 Fannin Street; Cc650 00
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Mazziotti is a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Mazziotti's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston), and Fannin Surgicare. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Surgical Repair, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Dr. Anthony Lopez Estrera, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6400 Fannin; Suite 2850
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Anthony Estrera practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Estrera graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Estrera is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston), and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $10,367
  • Medicare Cost: $1,179
Dr. Mary L Brandt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
6701 Fannin Street, 8th Floor; Suite 1210
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mary Brandt is a physician who specializes in pediatric surgery and general surgery. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and appendectomy. Dr. Brandt is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Brandt's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Appendectomy, Esophagus Problems, Surgical Procedures, Weight Loss Surgery, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles Samuel Cox Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Critical Care
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 950; Po Box 20708 Msb-5.236
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Cox's areas of specialization are pediatric surgery, general surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cox trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Cox takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cox has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Colorectal Problems, Hernia, Trauma

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

Dr. Terry Scarborough practices general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Scarborough is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Scarborough's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann and Park Plaza Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Scarborough has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic duodenal switch, laparoscopic nephrectomy, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Gastric Bypass Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $12,500 - $13,000
  • Medicare Cost: $875 - $1,475
Dr. Sohail Rashmi Shah, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
6701 Fannin Street; 8th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sohail Shah's medical specialty is pediatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal surgery and neonatal surgery. Dr. Shah honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Neonatal Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (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.