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We found 45 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept United Healthcare Gold EPO near Richmond, TX.

Dr. Kulvinder Singh Bajwa, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Kulvinder Bajwa's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Bajwa studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. He has a special interest in robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bajwa takes. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Surgery, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Edward Flores, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 450
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Steven Flores' areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Flores completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Flores is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, arthroscopic surgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), minimally invasive knee replacement, robotic surgery, knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Total Elbow Replacement, Heel Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Bone Spurs, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Michelle Sun-Mee Wong, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
17510 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 550
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Michelle Wong's specialty is obstetrics. Before completing her residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Wong attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wong include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and ablation. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She 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. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Wong's practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Henry Jacob Blum, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Henry Blum works as an orthopedic surgeon in Sugar Land, TX and Bellaire, TX. Dr. Blum's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in total hip replacement, sports health, and partial knee replacement. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Blum attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, knee arthroscopy, minimally invasive joint replacement

All Interests: Sports Health, Spine Reconstruction, Shoulder Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Partial Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Maddox Mays, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Mays' medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His clinical interests encompass sports health. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Mays performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The average patient rating for Dr. Mays is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 42
  • Uninsured Cost: $630 - $2,151
  • Medicare Cost: $168 - $1,027
Dr. Thomas Burk Rivers, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Rivers is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Rivers has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Rivers include sports health and total knee replacement. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rivers completed residency programs at Scott and White Healthcare and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Total Knee Replacement

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 36
  • Uninsured Cost: $746 - $2,146
  • Medicare Cost: $168 - $1,027
Dr. Vishal Michael Shah, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1517 Thompson Road; #1100
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Vishal Shah is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He works in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Shah obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shah honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Shoulder Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Knee Surgery

Marco A Vargas
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
17510 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 530
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Marco Vargas is a foot and ankle surgeon and general podiatrist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and hammer toe. Dr. Vargas is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vargas accepts. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Vargas is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Warts, Bone Spurs, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Osteotomy, Foot Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marcus Michael Aquino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1213 Herman Drive; Suite 220
Houston, 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. Sheilendra Suresh Mehta, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sheilendra Mehta's specialty is general surgery. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Mehta's residency was performed at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Mehta is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss, Acid Reflux, Bariatric Revision ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Eric Koepplinger, DO
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 450
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Koepplinger works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist. Dr. Koepplinger is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna HSA. He studied medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Koepplinger completed his residency training at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Hand Fracture, Bone Spurs, Wrist Surgery, Tendon Repair, Elbow Surgery, Vertebroplasty, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stuart Anthony Harlin, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parkway South; Suite 320
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Stuart Harlin works as a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and legal medicine specialist in Katy, TX, Houston, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Harlin has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation for residency. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,799
  • Medicare Cost: $1,282
Dr. David Howard Hildreth, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. David Hildreth practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hildreth's areas of expertise include hand problems, wrist problems, and elbow problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hildreth attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Hand Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 57
  • Uninsured Cost: $999
  • Medicare Cost: $427
Dr. Zachary Robert Mucher, MD
Specializes in Urology
17510 W. Grand Parkway; Suite 210
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Zachary Mucher is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Wharton, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mucher include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Mucher takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Mucher is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser Treatment, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. Nina Holtzapple Dereska, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 509
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Nina Dereska's medical specialty is urogynecology. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Dereska performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Her areas of expertise include the following: menopause, pelvic surgery, and female urologic disorders. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dereska (or staff) is conversant in Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. Dr. Dereska is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Female Urologic Disorders, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecologic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Walter Breeze, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Scott Breeze is an orthopedic surgeon. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Breeze has a special interest in total knee replacement. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Total Knee Replacement

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 36
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,027 - $1,317
  • Medicare Cost: $82 - $556

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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.