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We found 47 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 is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Bajwa's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. He has a special interest in robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Bajwa is affiliated with 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 is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Flores average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Flores attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Flores is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is open to 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 practices obstetrics in Sugar Land, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wong include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and ablation. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before performing her residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Wong attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. She is rated highly by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Wong is accepting 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. Brian Strake Parsley, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Brian Parsley's specialties are adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, and Bellaire, TX. Dr. Parsley has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Parsley include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and arthritis surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Parsley studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Parsley speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Arthritis Surgery, Hip Problems

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

Dr. Henry Blum works as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Blum include knee problems, sports health, and spinal fusion. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Blum's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Blum welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Walter Richard Lowe, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 450
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Walter Lowe's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. These areas are among Dr. Lowe's clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He studied medicine at Albany Medical College, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Lowe average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lowe is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Transplant Procedures, Biceps Tenodesis, Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder ... (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 practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Koepplinger include arthroscopic surgery, arthritis surgery, and hand surgery procedures. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. 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, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Mohammad Etminan, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road; #1100
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Mohammad Etminan is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise consist of spinal fusion and neck surgery. Dr. Etminan's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Etminan welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Scoliosis, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Neck Surgery, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,965
  • Medicare Cost: $954
Dr. Matthew Maddox Mays, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Mays' areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include sports health. Dr. Mays is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Mays honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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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' specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include sports health and total knee replacement. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rivers at an average of 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. Before completing his residency at Scott and White Healthcare and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. Rivers attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. 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

  • 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 an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

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 accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then he performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Mehta's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Paolo Charles Champion, MD
Specializes in Urology
1601 Main; Suite 203
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Paolo Champion is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Houston, TX, Richmond, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Champion completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Champion accepts. Dr. Champion is accepting 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)

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. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Harlin is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His residency was performed at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Dr. Harlin's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,799
  • Medicare Cost: $1,282
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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. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vargas include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and hammer toe. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Vargas's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. David Howard Hildreth, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. David Hildreth is a hand surgeon and orthopedist. Dr. Hildreth's clinical interests encompass hand problems, wrist problems, and elbow problems. He 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 a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hildreth 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

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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.