We found 15 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 is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery specialist in Shenandoah, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Spring, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Kitten include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kitten takes. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Kitten is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He is open to 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; Suite 507
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and CorVel, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Turnquest attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Turnquest trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas for his residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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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)

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

Dr. Mark Mettauer sees patients in The Woodlands, TX, Cypress, TX, and Houston, TX. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mettauer accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Mettauer's education and training includes medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He 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)

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

Dr. Damian Chaupin is a specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He works in Houston, TX. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. Dr. Chaupin is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chaupin honors. He welcomes new patients. After attending National University of San Marcos for medical school, he completed his residency training at Sisters of Charity Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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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 clinical interests include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. Patients gave Dr. Azimuddin an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His medical residency was performed at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Azimuddin is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He 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)

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

Dr. Christopher Nguyen practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. He studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,750
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $521
Dr. Gary Merrill Coleman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
411 Lantern Bend; Suite 100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gary Coleman is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass preventive cardiology and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Coleman is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Coleman has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Preventive Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,750
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $500
Dr. Advantage Thanh Thi Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
19740 I-45 North
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Nguyen is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. She works in Spring, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include laparoscopic hysterectomy, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and cervicitis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. For her residency, Dr. Nguyen trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). The average patient rating for Dr. Nguyen is 3.0 stars out of 5. She 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: , laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Bernardo De La Guardia is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. De La Guardia is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, Dr. De La Guardia focuses on cardiac catheterization. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He studied medicine at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. Dr. De La Guardia trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona for residency. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac Catheterization

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $2,652
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $501
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 in Houston, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include high risk pregnancy and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Kelly is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kelly takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Sunita Moonat, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
2950 Fm 2920 Road; Suite 150
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Sunita Moonat specializes in general gynecology and practices in Spring, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Moonat has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her clinical interests include colposcopy, hysterectomy (uterus removal), and laparoscopic surgery. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Moonat attended medical school at SMS Medical College, Jaipur. She trained at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston for her residency. Dr. Moonat (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Moonat is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Brian Chimenti is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include sports health. Dr. Chimenti's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chimenti obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health

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

Dr. Sammuel Bharksuwan is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in The Woodlands, TX, Spring, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Bharksuwan's areas of expertise include the following: menopause, minimally invasive surgery, and high risk pregnancy. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Bharksuwan is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bharksuwan honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

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

Dr. Ajay Kwatra, MD
Specializes in Urology
28517 Spring Trails Ridge; Suite 100
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Ajay Kwatra's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Kwatra takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kwatra graduated from Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Cancer, Urodynamics, Radical Prostatectomy, Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 82
  • Charge (avg.): $1,286 - $2,415
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $324 - $764
Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli, who practices in Houston, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Humble, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Raphaeli's areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Dr. Raphaeli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. His practice 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.
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