We found 127 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept USA Managed Care Organization near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Allen Milewicz's medical specialty is pediatric general surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, colon cancer, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Milewicz is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Milewicz honors. He is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 works as a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Tripathy include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Dr. Tripathy takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Tripathy's office for an appointment.

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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. Mahesh K Ramchandani, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1836
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mahesh Ramchandani is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He graduated from the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ramchandani's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ramchandani honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is 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. Michael Joseph Reardon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Reardon works as a heart surgeon and thoracic surgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Reardon is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of heart valve disease and aorta surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Reardon is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and a graduate of Texas Heart Institute's residency program. Dr. Reardon has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $8,888
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,111
Dr. Brian A Bruckner, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Bruckner is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bruckner include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Bruckner 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. Bruckner studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. 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, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Walter W OHara Jr., MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Walter O'Hara is a specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. O'Hara's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and lung tumor resection. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. O'Hara's office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mercer University, Dr. O'Hara attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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

Dr. Brian Mirza works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mirza include sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic colectomy, and sleep apnea. Dr. Mirza is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mirza's practice is open to 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. Ross Michael Reul, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ross Reul works as a heart surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Reul include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Reul average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reul honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Reul has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He is open to 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. Scott Alan Scheinin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1750
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Scott Scheinin sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Scheinin's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Scheinin's office for an appointment. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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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. Gerald Murray Lawrie, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1842
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerald Lawrie is a cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery specialist in Houston, TX. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lawrie include lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), mitral valve disease, and carotid endarterectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lawrie honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of The University of Sydney Medical School. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Min Kim works as a general surgeon and chest surgeon. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Kim include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), esophageal surgery, and lung tumor resection. Dr. Kim is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kim is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Edward Chan specializes in thoracic surgery and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Chan attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung biopsy, lung transplant, and lung cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Chan welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Transplant, Lung Tumor Resection, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Erik Suarez is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Suarez include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Dr. Suarez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Suarez is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Richard Link is an urologist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Link attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). Dr. Link takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Link's 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. Taylor Dewitt Brown, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Taylor Brown is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Brown include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and upper extremity surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Brown accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Pidala is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. In addition to English, Dr. Pidala speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Before performing his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital, Dr. Pidala attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pidala honors. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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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)

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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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