We found 39 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze 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 works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon in Shenandoah, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Spring, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Kitten include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Kitten attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Kitten is 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Houston, TX. Dr. Turnquest's areas of expertise include ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and CorVel, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Turnquest is affiliated with 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 is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. After completing medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. Clinical interests for Dr. Mettauer include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Mettauer has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Mettauer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He speaks Spanish. He is 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)

Dr. Devinder Singh Bhatia, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 4a
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Devinder Bhatia's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Bhatia is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhatia include maze procedure, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and minor surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Secure Horizons, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Bhatia's medical residency was performed at Carolinas Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Bhatia has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Lung Biopsy, Maze Procedure, Lung Tumor ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 44
  • Charge (avg.): $14,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $823
Dr. Daniel Garber Stroud, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
830 Fm 1960 W.; Suite 3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Stroud is a heart surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon in Spring, TX, Cypress, TX, and Shenandoah, TX. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. Dr. Stroud takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Stroud is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip Lloyd Leggett, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 8b
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Philip Leggett is a specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery. He works in Houston, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in heartburn, laparoscopic surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Leggett is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leggett is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of Ochsner Medical Center's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Heartburn, Radiofrequency Ablation, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Weight ... (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 graduated from National University of San Marcos and then he performed his residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Chaupin include prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 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. Dr. Chaupin is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He welcomes 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. Kourosh Korsh Jafarnia, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17270 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Korsh Jafarnia is a hand surgeon and orthopedist in Houston, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Jafarnia's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Jafarnia has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors; Baylor College of Medicine; and A Castle Connolly Top Doctor. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Hand Problems, Injuries, Hand Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 41
  • Charge (avg.): $2,599
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $398
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 general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Azimuddin trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Azimuddin include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Azimuddin is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Azimuddin is accepting 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, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Christopher Nguyen specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Nguyen attended Tulane University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen's practice is open to 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. Michael Samir George, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
17270 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael George's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and frozen shoulder. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. George takes. Dr. George attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 56
  • Charge (avg.): $1,000 - $3,041
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $176 - $1,084
Dr. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood, 2c; Peakwood Professional Building
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Pidala studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. He trained at Summa Akron City Hospital for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Pidala include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pidala has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Pidala has an open panel.

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

Dr. Brian Chimenti's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in The Woodlands, TX. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chimenti completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chimenti is in-network 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. Dr. Chimenti speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He 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. Thomas Richard Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 2c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Newton is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Newton attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Stewart Michael Dean, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17270 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stewart Dean specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in knee problems, shoulder surgery, and knee surgery. Dr. Dean's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his residency, Dr. Dean trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Hip Problems, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Problems, Knee Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $176
Dr. Erwin Charles Iii Winkel III, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
1140 Cypress Station Drive; #303
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erwin Winkel's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Winkel include bladder cancer, warts, and ablation. Dr. Winkel's professional affiliations include 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. Winkel honors. Dr. Winkel is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Adolescent Issues, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (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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