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Dr. Clifford Mark Kitten, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Kitten's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Kitten is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kitten include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kitten is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Kitten is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Dexter Godfrey Turnquest, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17070 Red Oak Drive; Suite 101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Turnquest include ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Turnquest is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and CorVel, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas, Dr. Turnquest attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Pancreatitis, Ulcers, Endoscopy, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Diverticular Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 5g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Damian Chaupin specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Chaupin's areas of expertise include prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Dr. Chaupin attended National University of San Marcos for medical school. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chaupin 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. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Adolescent Issues, Breast Biopsy, Bursitis, Circumcision, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Ste G3-4
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His training includes residency programs at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Azimuddin at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic colon surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood, 2c; Peakwood Professional Building
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Pidala is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. His medical residency was performed at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Pidala has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Pidala welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian T Chimenti, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1441 Woodstead Court; Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Brian Chimenti's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Chimenti studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chimenti is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Chimenti has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 68
  • Charge (avg.): $2,200 - $2,938
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $168 - $1,027
Dr. Meena Wilson Shatby, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
800 Peakwood; Suite 3a
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Meena Shatby practices foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Shatby at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include knee problems, foot problems, and sports health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Foot ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas R Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 2c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Clinical interests for Dr. Newton include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). Patient reviews placed Dr. Newton at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Newton is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Bleeding, Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Patient ratings for Dr. Raphaeli average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Raphaeli (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Problems, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael D Kelly, MBA, DO
Specializes in General Gynecology
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite C
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Kelly works as a general gynecologist in Houston, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include high risk pregnancy and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Kelly's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Kelly average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Jennifer T Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
19740 I-45 North
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Nguyen's medical specialty is general gynecology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in laparoscopic hysterectomy, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and cervicitis. Dr. Nguyen accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school, she completed her residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Cervicitis, Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel Bharksuwan, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2255 East Mossy Oak Road; Suite 430
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Samuel Bharksuwan is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, minimally invasive surgery, and high risk pregnancy. Dr. Bharksuwan honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Menopause, Minimally Invasive Surgery, High Risk Pregnancy

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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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