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We found 18 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Amerigroup near Spring, TX.

Dr. Clifford Mark Kitten, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
830 Fm 1960 West; Suite 3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Kitten's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kitten include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. Dr. Kitten's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Kitten attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Kitten average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kitten has an open panel.

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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; Suite 507
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. Dr. Turnquest is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and CorVel. He obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Turnquest speaks Spanish.

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

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 73
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,900 - $6,500
  • Medicare Cost: $579 - $1,733
Dr. Mark Menefee Mettauer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
830 Fm 1960 West; Suite 3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Mettauer practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery in The Woodlands, TX, Cypress, TX, and Houston, TX. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Mettauer is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Mettauer takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has an open panel. He graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Mettauer is conversant in Spanish.

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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. Damian Victorio Chaupin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 5g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Damian Chaupin's areas of specialization are general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX. After completing medical school at National University of San Marcos, Dr. Chaupin performed his residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Chaupin is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His clinical interests include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network for residency. Dr. Azimuddin's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Azimuddin is open to new patients.

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

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,311 - $6,646
  • Medicare Cost: $640 - $1,540
Dr. Kozhaya Chehade Sokhon, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
25329 Interstate 45
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Kozhaya Sokhon's specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and vascular & interventional radiology. Dr. Sokhon graduated from Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: electrophysiological (EP) study, peripheral vascular interventions, and catheter ablation. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sokhon accepts. Dr. Sokhon (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac Devices, Catheter Ablation, Angiogram, Stents, Electrophysiological Study, Arterial ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,796
  • Medicare Cost: $868
Dr. Gary Merrill Coleman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
411 Lantern Bend; Suite 100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gary Coleman is an adult cardiology specialist in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Shenandoah, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Coleman's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is especially interested in preventive cardiology and cardiac catheterization. Patient ratings for Dr. Coleman average 3.0 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. Dr. Coleman has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Preventive Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,750
  • Medicare Cost: $500
Dr. Terah Christina Isaacson, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite G3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terah Isaacson is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Isaacson include minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Isaacson has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Isaacson takes. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Isaacson's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Isaacson is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Bernardo De La Guardia, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
411 Lnatern Bend; Suite 100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bernardo De La Guardia sees patients in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. De La Guardia has a special interest in cardiac catheterization. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. Dr. De La Guardia speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac Catheterization

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,652
  • Medicare Cost: $501
Dr. Sunita Moonat, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
2950 Fm 2920 Road; Suite 150
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Sunita Moonat's area of specialization is general gynecology. Patients rated Dr. Moonat highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: colposcopy, hysterectomy (uterus removal), and laparoscopic surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended SMS Medical College, Jaipur and then went on to complete her residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. In addition to English, Dr. Moonat (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Colposcopy, Hysterectomy, Gynecologic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Advantage Thanh Thi Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
19740 I-45 North
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Nguyen is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Spring, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Nguyen's areas of expertise consist of laparoscopic hysterectomy, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and cervicitis. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with 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)

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1140 A Cypress Station Drive; Suite 300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Nguyen sees patients in The Woodlands, TX, Shenandoah, TX, and Conroe, TX. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,750
  • Medicare Cost: $521
Dr. Michael Dwayne Kelly, MBA, DO
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite C
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Kelly practices obstetrics and gynecology. His areas of clinical interest consist of high risk pregnancy and laparoscopic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Kelly highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Laparoscopic Surgery

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

Dr. Brian Chimenti specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is especially interested in sports health. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Chimenti's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. The average patient rating for Dr. Chimenti is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chimenti takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 68
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,200 - $2,938
  • Medicare Cost: $168 - $1,027
Dr. Ajay Kwatra, MD
Specializes in Urology
28517 Spring Trails Ridge; Suite 100
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Ajay Kwatra's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Kwatra is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Urodynamic Testing, Kidney Stones, Cancer, Radical Prostatectomy, Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 82
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,286 - $2,415
  • Medicare Cost: $324 - $764
Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Humble, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Raphaeli honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Raphaeli completed a residency program at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Dr. Raphaeli's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Raphaeli is open to new patients.

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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)

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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.