We found 44 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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bajwa is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, 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: 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, who practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Flores trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Flores has an open panel.

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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 is a medical specialist in obstetrics. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Wong trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Wong is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She 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: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Matthew William Wasserman, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Wasserman is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Patients gave Dr. Wasserman an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wasserman include spine surgery procedures. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wasserman takes. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wasserman speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vishal Michael Shah, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1517 Thompson Road; #1100
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Vishal Shah practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Shah is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. On average, patients gave Dr. Shah a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Nina Dereska is an urogynecology specialist. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for residency. These areas are among Dr. Dereska's clinical interests: menopause, pelvic surgery, and female urologic disorders. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Dereska (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She is accepting 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. Henry Jacob Blum, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Henry Blum is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Blum attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his professional training, Dr. Blum completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of total hip replacement, sports health, and partial knee replacement. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Blum is 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. Marcus Michael Aquino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1213 Herman Drive; Suite 220
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marcus Aquino sees patients in Seabrook, TX, Baytown, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. His medical specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Aquino is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aquino include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Aquino is a graduate of St. John's Medical College.

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

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

Dr. Thomas Burk Rivers, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Rivers is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Rivers studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Scott and White Healthcare and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in sports health and total knee replacement. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. Rivers is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Total Knee Replacement

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 36
  • Charge (avg.): $746 - $2,146
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $168 - $1,027
Dr. Michael Christopher Maier, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1505 Liberty; Suite 200
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Michael Maier is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Maier's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Maier speaks Spanish. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Eric Frank Berkman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway South; Suite 450
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Eric Berkman is an orthopedic surgeon in Bellaire, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Berkman studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Berkman's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive joint replacement

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Reconstruction, Shoulder Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Victor J Atun, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
17510 W.grand Parkway S.; Suite 500
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Victor Atun is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Atun's education and training includes medical school at Cayetano Heredia University and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. Patient ratings for Dr. Atun average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Butt ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Eric Koepplinger, DO
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Koepplinger practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koepplinger accepts. He graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo. Dr. Koepplinger is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, arthroscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Marco Vargas' specialties are foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. He practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, arthroscopic surgery, and hammer toe. Dr. Vargas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Patients gave Dr. Vargas an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice 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. Sheilendra Suresh Mehta, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sheilendra Mehta is a general surgeon in Houston, TX, Bellaire, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Mehta obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paolo Charles Champion, MD
Specializes in Urology
1601 Main; Suite 203
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Paolo Champion's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Champion takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Champion performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser ... (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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