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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. Uttam Tripathy, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Uttam Tripathy, who practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Tripathy studied medicine at S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack. Patient ratings for Dr. Tripathy average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Walter W OHara Jr., MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Walter O'Hara's specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He practices in Houston, TX and Baytown, TX. After completing medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. O'Hara performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mercer University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. O'Hara include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and lung tumor resection. The average patient rating for Dr. O'Hara is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. O'Hara welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Michael Joseph Reardon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Reardon practices cardiac surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart valve disease and aorta surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reardon accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and a graduate of Texas Heart Institute's residency program. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Reardon is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Surgical Procedures, Aorta Surgery, Heart Tumor, Heart Valve Disease

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $8,888
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,111
Dr. Mahesh K Ramchandani, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1836
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mahesh Ramchandani is a heart surgeon in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Baytown, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ramchandani's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramchandani is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Surgery, Arrhythmias, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Brian Mirza's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Mirza include panniculectomy (removal of excess skin), sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mirza is accepting 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. Gerald Murray Lawrie, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1842
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerald Lawrie is a cardiac surgery specialist in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lawrie include lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), mitral valve disease, and carotid endarterectomy. The average patient rating for Dr. Lawrie is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lawrie studied medicine at The University of Sydney Medical School. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Valvuloplasty, Heart Problems, Surgical Procedures, Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Alan Scheinin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1750
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Scott Scheinin's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Scheinin's clinical interests include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Scheinin has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Scheinin's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Edward Y Chan, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Chan's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency. Dr. Chan's areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, lung cancer, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Min Peter Kim, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Min Kim is a specialist in general surgery and thoracic surgery. He works in Houston, TX. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), esophageal surgery, and lung tumor resection. Patient ratings for Dr. Kim average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. His education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Kim is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Lung Tumor Resection, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Cancer, Esophageal Surgery, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ross Michael Reul, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ross Reul, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reul's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Reul studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Erik Eddie Suarez, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erik Suarez's specialty is cardiac surgery. His areas of expertise include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Suarez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Suarez is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian A Bruckner, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Bruckner's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Bruckner attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Bruckner's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Richard Link works as an urologist. Dr. Link's clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Link attended Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Link's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Danielle Dewi Marshall, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2221
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Danielle Antosh is a specialist in urogynecology. She works in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Antosh's areas of expertise include incontinence, urinary tract infection (UTI), and robotic surgery. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Methodist Health System (North Texas). She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). On average, patients gave Dr. Antosh a rating of 5.0 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. Antosh takes. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Endoscopy, Bladder Suspension ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael A Lugo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Lugo specializes in general surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Lugo is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lugo is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Laparoscopic Nissen ... (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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