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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 works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Bajwa's areas of expertise consist of robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bajwa takes.

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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' specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Flores is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Flores is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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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 an obstetrics specialist in Sugar Land, TX. She graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Wong an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She 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. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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

Dr. Victor Atun is a specialist in plastic surgery. He works in Sugar Land, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Atun is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Atun include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University and a graduate of Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Butt ... (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. These areas are among his clinical interests: total hip replacement, sports health, and partial knee replacement. On average, patients gave Dr. Blum a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. 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. 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 Eric Koepplinger, DO
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Koepplinger is a hand surgeon and orthopedist in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Koepplinger accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna HSA. He is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo for his residency. Dr. Koepplinger's professional affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Thomas Rivers' area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rivers include sports health and total knee replacement. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Scott and White Healthcare and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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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. Marcus Michael Aquino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1213 Herman Drive; Suite 220
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marcus Aquino is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Aquino's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Aquino honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is open to new patients. He graduated from 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. Nina Holtzapple Dereska, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 509
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Nina Dereska is a specialist in urogynecology. She works in League City, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Her clinical interests include menopause, pelvic surgery, and female urologic disorders. 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. Dereska graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Dereska (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. Dr. Dereska is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She welcomes 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. 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. Dr. Shah is rated highly by his patients. 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 a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Shah attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Marco Vargas practices foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. Dr. Vargas is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Vargas include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and hammer toe. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vargas accepts. He is accepting 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's area of specialization is general surgery. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Mehta's medical residency was performed at Staten Island University Hospital. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy 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. 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's areas of specialization are legal medicine, general surgery, and vascular surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harlin takes. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His residency was performed at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

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2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,799
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,282
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). Dr. Mucher's areas of expertise include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dr. Mucher attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is 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. Eric Frank Berkman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway South; Suite 450
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Eric Berkman is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Bellaire, TX and Sugar Land, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Berkman honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Berkman completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is 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. Shinil K Shah, DO
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Shinil Shah's area of specialization is general surgery. Dr. Shah's areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal surgery, robotic surgery, and endoscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Shah is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Robotic Surgery

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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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