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

Dr. Kulvinder Bajwa practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Bellaire, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He is especially interested in weight management. Dr. Bajwa is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Bajwa trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Hernia, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stuart Harlin is a legal medicine, vascular surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery specialist. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Harlin's residency was performed at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Harlin takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,799
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,282
Dr. Matthew William Wasserman, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Wasserman practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Wasserman is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Wasserman speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, the University of Texas (UT) Physicians, 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. Nina Holtzapple Dereska, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 509
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Nina Dereska is a Sugar Land, TX physician who specializes in urogynecology. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, pelvic surgery, and female urologic disorders. Dr. Dereska's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Dereska (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telephone Interpretation and Spanish.

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

Dr. Vishal Shah practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Shah average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Shah's clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Shah attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Steven Edward Flores, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Steven Flores is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Flores's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Flores completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, the University of Texas (UT) Physicians, and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. His practice 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)

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

Dr. Marco Vargas' areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry; he sees patients in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Vargas's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vargas include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and hammer toe. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Vargas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. 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. Marcus Michael Aquino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1213 Herman Drive; Suite 220
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marcus Aquino is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Seabrook, TX, Baytown, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Aquino's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He honors 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 attended medical school at 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, Fecal Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Burk Rivers, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road; #1100
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Rivers is an orthopedic surgeon. His education and training includes medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at Scott and White Healthcare and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Rivers focuses on sports health and total knee replacement. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Total Knee Replacement

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 36
  • Charge (avg.): $746 - $2,146
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $168 - $1,027
Dr. Mark Lawrence Prasarn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Mark Prasarn practices orthopedic trauma and spine surgery in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH), Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. Dr. Prasarn honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Prasarn has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Bone Spurs, Spine Reconstruction, Neck Pain, Spinal Pain, Lower Back Pain, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Zachary Robert Mucher, MD
Specializes in Urology
17510 W. Grand Parkway; Suite 210
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Zachary Mucher specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Wharton, TX. These areas are among Dr. Mucher's clinical interests: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Mucher's professional affiliations include 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. Eric Frank Berkman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway South; Suite 450
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Eric Berkman is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Berkman is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH). He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Berkman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive joint replacement

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery ... (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 works as a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Koepplinger's residency was performed at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH).

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Bone Spurs, Wrist Surgery, Elbow Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joey Michael Bluhm, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parkway South; Suite 490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Joey Bluhm's medical specialty is general surgery. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Bluhm's areas of clinical interest consist of thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Bluhm accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Gallstones, Thyroid Surgery, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $2,900
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $654
Dr. Bidhan B Das, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Bidhan Das is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Das's clinical interests: colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. Dr. Das is rated highly by Dr. Das's patients. Dr. Das takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Das attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Das's residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Das has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Das is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Das is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Hemorrhoids, Robotic ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Wylie Moore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parkway S.; #490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Moore is a general surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moore include minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Moore takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder ... (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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