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We found 45 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Humana Platinum HMO near League City, TX.

Dr. Ikenna Chidume Okereke, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2240 Gulf Freeway South; #2.100
League City, TX
 

Dr. Ikenna Okereke is a specialist in thoracic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. Okereke accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Okereke completed a residency program at Cleveland Clinic.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 32
  • Uninsured Cost: $712 - $4,659
  • Medicare Cost: $229 - $1,506
Dr. Laurens Russell Pickard, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Laurens Pickard's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, pediatric surgery, and general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Pickard include aortic aneurysm, heart valve disease, and valvuloplasty. 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. Dr. Pickard studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal

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

Dr. Ramesh Hariharan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
450 Medical Ctr Boulevard; Suite 308
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Ramesh Hariharan is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 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. Hariharan honors. After completing medical school at Kilpauk Medical College, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), and King's College London School of Medicine, Dr. Hariharan performed his residency at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Memorial Hermann, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Hariharan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French, Tamil, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, Electrophysiological Study

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 170
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,675 - $5,345
  • Medicare Cost: $442 - $872
Dr. Linda Goluch Phillips, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1804 West Farm - To - Market Road 646
Dickinson, TX
 

Dr. Linda Phillips is a plastic surgery specialist in League City, TX, Dickinson, TX, and Galveston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Phillips is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Phillips is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Phillips has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Lift, Burn Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

Dr. George Nicolas Carayannopoulos, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
2660 Gulf Freeway South; #2
League City, TX
 

Dr. George Carayannopoulos practices cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Patients rated Dr. Carayannopoulos highly, giving him an average of 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. Carayannopoulos takes. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Carayannopoulos is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 58
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,093 - $2,306
  • Medicare Cost: $439 - $911
Dr. Shaista Athar Husain, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Shaista Husain is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and head & neck plastic surgery. She graduated from Khyber Medical College and then she performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California, Long Island College Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Her clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. Dr. Husain accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery

All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Sinusitis, Salivary Gland Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Terri Bailey Pustilnik, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Terri Pustilnik sees patients in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Her medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pustilnik's areas of expertise include the following: pap test, pelvic surgery, and chemotherapy. Her professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She 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. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Pustilnik graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Farrah Naz Siddiqui, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Other, Otolaryngology
1600 West League City Parkway
League City, TX
 

Dr. Farrah Siddiqui is an allergy and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in League City, TX, Texas City, TX, and Galveston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Siddiqui is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,393
  • Medicare Cost: $233
Dr. Evan Douglas Collins, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Evan Collins is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Collins include arthroscopic surgery, minor surgery, and adolescent issues. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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 graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Collins has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors; Halliburton Hometown Hero, Texas Medical Center; and Dr. Collins was recognized for his outstanding spinal research.. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 30
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,545
  • Medicare Cost: $280
Dr. Brian Anthony Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2240 Gulf Freeway South; #1.211
League City, TX
 

Dr. Brian Smith is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He works in League City, TX, Galveston, TX, and Alvin, TX. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)'s residency program. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith 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. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 129
  • Uninsured Cost: $446 - $2,710
  • Medicare Cost: $137 - $1,088
Dr. Marcus Michael Aquino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Marcus Aquino is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Seabrook, TX, Baytown, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Aquino's clinical interests include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Aquino attended medical school at St. John's Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Warts, Appendicitis, Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Yuan Zhang, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2240 Gulf Freeway S; Suite 2.100
League City, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Zhang works as a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in Galveston, TX and League City, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Zhang takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Zhang has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese. He is affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,283
  • Medicare Cost: $506
Dr. Eric Lowry Cole, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Otolaryngology
2785 Gulf Freeway South; #2.200
League City, TX
 

Dr. Eric Cole is a medical specialist in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Cole 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. He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant ... (Read more)

Dr. Eduardo Orihuela, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
2240 Gulf Freeway South; #2.100
League City, TX
 

Dr. Eduardo Orihuela's specialty is pediatric urology. After completing medical school at Cayetano Heredia University, he performed his residency at Union Memorial Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Orihuela's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Orihuela is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,120
  • Medicare Cost: $834
Dr. Joseph Claudius Allen Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
520 Blossom
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Allen is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Allen include spine reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Allen is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Reconstruction

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 24
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,349
  • Medicare Cost: $584
Dr. Douglas Scott Tyler, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
17448 Highway 3
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Tyler's areas of specialization are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Tyler attended Dartmouth Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Durham VA Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,253
  • Medicare Cost: $910

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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.